Black Miami: Historic, Cultural and Food Tours
Miami is a Black Melting Pot
During the early 1800s, Black pirates of the Biscayne Bay such as "Black Caeser" raided shipping from the Florida Keys and served aboard Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach's famous pirate ship the Queen Annes Revenge where he was reportedly a lieutenant. By the1800s, Bahamians began migrating from Key West into the Coconut Grove - "The Grove" - community of Miami. By the 1950s, Haitians began settling in Miami, eventually forming the vibrant community of "Little Haiti."
With the onset of industrialization in the south, by the early 1900s, African-Americans, primarily from Georgia, began migrating to Miami forming “colored town” which became known as 'Overtown'. Miami's Afro-Cubans were a part of the post 1958 exile of the 1960s and 70s with a significant influx during the 1980s but the Black Cuban influence on Miami's "Little Havana" culture is inescapable.
Miami still maintains historic sites which saw the likes of Duke Ellington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Of Bahamian ancestry, Sidney Poitier was born there.
From the the small island north of the upper Florida Keys in Biscayne National Park known as Casear Rock, cultural and food tours of Little Haiti and Little Havana, to the historic overview of the Harlem Renaissance jazz scene in Overtown, called by some the "Harlem of the South," we have curated 12 tours and activities representing the rich diasporic Latin, Caribbean and African American heritage in Miami. A day trip of 184 miles from Miami to Nassau offers several cultural and food tours.