Miami-Dade Transit's Black History Tours explore the chronicles and landmarks that make up Miami-Dade County's rich and vibrant African-American communities.
The tours, which remain a popular outing for local residents, are given free of charge on board Miami-Dade Transit buses. Bus operators, well-versed in the historic importance of the landmarks visited, narrate the approximately 3½-hour tours.
Initially created as a contribution to the celebration of Black History Month, the tours will be given on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 and Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, starting at 8:30 a.m., with the last tour departing at 10:30 a.m. Buses will depart from the Stephen P. Clark Center at 111 NW First St. in downtown Miami.
Tour buses will visit historic sites in Overtown, where African-Americans first settled in the county as early as 1896; in Coconut Grove, where the original Bahamian settlers first built their homes; in Brownsville, where famous singer Billie Holiday kept a permanent residence in Georgette's Tea Room; among other locations.
Seats on the tour are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no need to make a reservation. For more information about the tours, visit MDT's website at www.miamidade.gov/transit, or call 3-1-1. If calling from outside of Miami-Dade County, call 305-468-5900; TTY users call 305-499-8971.