Remembering Your Roots

  • My Soul Is a Witness: A History of Black Fort Lauderdale

    by Deborah Work Year Published:

    After all, from the black men aboard Spanish ships investigating Florida's coast in the 1500s and 1600s, to the runaway slaves who sought Florida as a haven before it was acquired as a state in 1821, to those who served in the U. S. Army as scouts and interpreters--black folks were there.

    Yet, except in generalities and tidbits, the stories of the black pioneers have not been well-documented. As the homesteaders died off, their stories vanished with them. Thankfully, a few old-timers left behind rich oral histories. This book is an attempt to gather some of their experiences, to capture the voices that tell the story of Fort Lauderdale's black settlers.

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    Black Pioneers in Broward County: A Legacy Revealed

    by The Links, Inc. Year Published:

    This book is dedicated to the girls and boys of Broward County--both black and white--who, without precedent, are successfully navigating the turbulent seas of desegregation. Tossed about and often permanently scarred by the billows of inadequate opportunity and experience, insensitivity, ignorance and baseless fears, the children hold beacons for the rest to follow. They are our most honored pioneers.

    This documentary has been published to pay tribute to the black pioneers of Broward County, Florida. If anyone should, from this day forward presume to identify THE leader of the black community, that person should read this book, and remember that in the black community the leaders are legend.

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  • Across the tracks

    Across The Tracks

    by Dr. Gwendolyn Hankerson Year Published:

    Few books contain the stories or the voices that tell about the life of the city's early black settlers. Where are the tales written that recount the lives of the black pioneers who helped build the city? Where are the memories of their families? Be a witness to the voices that tell the story in these historical accounts of early settlers in Boward County.

    The East Cost Railroad tracks served as a dividing line for blacks and whites in most Florida cities. In spite of the fact that blacks lived on the other side of the tracks, they survived and excelled. People knew each other by name, lived in a village environment and looked out for each other. "There was no crime and the black people of Broward County were happy, despite their separation from the rest of society."

    "Across the Tracks" depicts the authentic story of early African-American settlers in Broward as lived and told by the Elders of Broward County. These stories date back to the early 1920s and will provide a historical reference for generations to come.

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Contact Information

  • Old Dillard Museum

    1009 NW 4th Street

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-322-8828

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    TTL: --

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    Roderick Parker

    Facilitator/ Director