MIAMI – As part of #OurCounty’s Black History Month celebrations, the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board (BAAB) and the Coral Gables Museum are co-sponsoring the closing exhibit for “Sacred Ground: Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Remembered,” which has been curated by the Coral Gables Museum featuring photos from award-winning Miami Herald photojournalists Carl Juste and C. W. Griffin. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, Florida 33134.
The exhibit documents one of Miami’s oldest African American cemeteries, which is the final resting place of several prominent Miamians including Kelsey Pharr, first owner of the cemetery; H.E.S. Reeves, founder of the Miami Times, the county’s oldest Black-owned newspaper; Gwen Cherry, the first African-American woman to serve as a state legislator in Florida; Dana A. Dorsey, Miami’s first Black millionaire; as well as many soldiers who fought in World Wars I, II, Korea, Vietnam as well as recent engagements.
Photojournalist Juste is Haitian-born, his politically active family was forced to flee their homeland in 1965 and settled in Miami, where he attended school and graduated from the University of Miami. Photojournalist C. W. Griffin currently teaches at the University of Miami, and worked at the Miami Herald for more than 28 years.
Following is a list of events and activities throughout the county commemorating Black History Month. Events with an asterisk (*) are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Heritage Planning Committee. For a detailed calendar of events, visit www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/black-affairs-home.asp; and for more information, please contact Black Affairs Advisory Board Director Retha Boone-Fye at 305-375-4606 or email John Allen from the Coral Gables Museum.
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