Our Theme: Bold, Brave and Black
Old Dillard Museum has adopted the national Black History Theme for 2018, "African Americans in Times of War," as announced by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). ASALH was organized by Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History celebrations in America. In conjunction, our celebration of that theme, entitled Bold, Brave and Black highlights the military bravery and patriotism of African Americans throughout the history of this country.
Through the presentation of music performances, cultural events, folk art, dances, artifacts, scholarly papers, literature, readings, exhibitions, lectures, workshops tours, oral histories, and a mini-festival, the museum will highlight African American men and women's military contribution from the colonial era to the present. Topics will include Enslaved Freedom Fighters and Freemen in the Military, the “Buffalo Soldiers,” Blacks in the Seminole Wars, Tuskegee Airmen, Black Pirates, Local Veterans and the Organizations that Serve Them.
During the Korean War in 1952, three Dillard grads are recruited in the Army.
Left to right:
James Bradley, Nathaniel Brunson, and Sinclair Bradley.
Other Activities and Programming
Museum activities include guided tours, films, lectures, workshops, classes, conferences, collaborative museum exhibitions, displays and ethnic celebrations. These educational activities serve schoolchildren, community members, and patrons from all cultural backgrounds.
The Old Dillard Museum occupies the historic building that was once the Colored School. On the first floor, two Rotating Exhibition Galleries host a variety of innovative historic, cultural and artistic displays. The upper floor, where the former classrooms, library and principal’s office were once located, has been converted into engaging and informative exhibition galleries.
The Library Resource Room, which offers a host of ethnic reference materials and books, is also on the upper floor. In addition, there are interpretive spaces such as the Heritage Gallery, with its original chalkboard and wooden classroom desks, as well as a wealth of photographers, memorabilia and displays which help to tell the story of early African-American life in Broward County.
The Minds-On, Hands-On Interactive Gallery, acquaints youngsters and adults alike with fascinating African, Caribbean, Native American and local artifacts and activities that celebrate our vibrant and diverse heritage. The Jazz Room houses an extensive educational exhibition, aptly entitled “Jazz: Language of the Soul.” This celebration of America’s original art form pays special tribute to Fort Lauderdale music legend Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, who taught at Dillard High School. The space has become a popular gathering place for intimate live performances in its “night club” ambience.