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Community Symposium on the legacy of Richmond Heights, 12/28/2013


Miami, FL__On December 28, 2013 the community of Richmond Heights will come together to discuss their heritage in a symposium style discussion.  It willbe a candid discussion on the history of the Richmond Heights community and its impact on Miami, Florida as it was captured in Arcadia Publishing’s book, Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights by Patricia Harper Garrett and Jessica Garrett Modkins. 

Several scheduled panelists include Tuskegee airman and original resident; Eldridge Williams, World War II veteran and original resident; Eugene Williams, Laura Ann Palmore, wife of Florida’s first Black United States Postmaster; Anthony Palmore, and other notable community stakeholders.  The event will take place on December 28, 2013 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Richmond Middle School, 15015 SW 103rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33176.  “This school is proud to open its doors for such a historical tribute,” said school Principal, Kristal Hickmon.  “There are many things that the community should be proud of and an event like this is way over due.” 
Symposium topics include:
·  Why would a White man in 1949 build a community for African Americans?
·  Why were Black people drawn to the community?
·  What was President Harry Truman’s involvement?
·  What was life really like during segregation in Richmond Heights?
There will also be an exhibit of historic documents and photographs from the early settlers of Richmond Heights taken from the book, Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights.  Modkins, co-author, will facilitate the symposium.  “After interviewing over one-hundred residents for the book, it will be great for the community to hear the passion behind the move and journey to Richmond Heights in their own voice,” said Modkins.  This is a free event opened to the public. Co-author, Garrett added, “We expect to help people understand the significance that this community has played in the history of Miami.“


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