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For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2014
Media Contact:
Jamil Rivers

Commissioner Dennis. C. Moss will observe Memorial Day with the dedication of Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument

County, State, and Federal Officials to join the community in honor of the families that established Richmond Heights in 1949

(MIAMI, FL) - This year marks the 65th Anniversary of Richmond Heights, Florida, one of the first suburban neighborhoods developed for black veterans of WWII. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss will honor the founders of this historic community on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM with the dedication of the Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument, which will be located at 14440 Lincoln Blvd.   

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and Commissioner Moss will recognize the first families to become homeowners at Richmond Heights. Captain Frank Carroll Martin, son of Captain Frank Crawford Martin will join the community in remembering his father, the man who owned and developed the land as Richmond Heights. In addition to County elected officials, the Town of Cutler Bay will be represented by Mayor Ed MacDougall, Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilwoman Peggy Bell. The State of Florida will be represented on this occasion by Congressman Joe Garcia and Representative Kionne McGhee.

“It is only fitting that we gather at the Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument on Memorial Day to honor the veterans who fought for freedom abroad and the pioneers who laid a foundation right here at home," said Commissioner Moss.

The Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument, located on Lincoln Blvd. and Madison St., will be dedicated on May 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM. The monument stands today thanks to the Richmond Heights Crime Watch organization that came forth with the idea.  This event, sponsored in part by Coca-Cola and Medallion Nurseries, is made possible with outstanding community service provided by the 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Richmond Heights Middle School, Coral Reef High School, The Richmond Heights Community Alliance, Richmond Heights Community Development Corporation and the Richmond Heights Homeowners Association. 

Realizing that segregation and Jim Crow era policies created a void in the housing market for African-American servicemen, Captain Frank C. Martin, a former U.S. Army Air Corps pilot established Richmond Heights for disenfranchised veterans. President Harry Truman was instrumental in getting Federal Housing Administration approval for financing. Today Richmond Heights, located just North of SW 152nd St. and East of the Turnpike, is connected by avenues named after U.S. Presidents and is known for its commitment to educational achievement and social engagement.

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss
Dedication of the Richmond Heights Pioneers Monument
May 26, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
14440 Lincoln Blvd. Miami, FL (across from The Bethel Church)