MIAMI – Urban Philanthropies, in cooperation with Urban Pulse Direct, has announced the grand opening of the Overtown Marketplace on Aug. 24-25.
Prior to the grand opening event, the organization will host a soft launch for special guests on Aug. 17 from 5-9 p.m. featuring live music, poetry, art, shopping, and more. Both events will be held onsite at the Overtown Marketplace, located at 1000 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami.
Both events will celebrate the revitalization of the Overtown District, one of Miami’s oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods. Adjacent to downtown Miami, the area was originally segregated from the rest of the city and was limited to housing Black workers at the turn of the 20th century.
As time went on, immigrants from The Bahama Islands, then later Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and other countries arrived in the area, serving as the city’s hub for skilled labor.
Overtown eventually grew into a bustling enclave in the city in spite of exclusionary Black Codes and Jim Crow laws enforced upon its residents. Black-owned businesses lined the streets and families and culture flourished. Throughout its illustrious history, many of the world’s most renowned African-American entertainers visited and performed in Overtown.
ART, FOOD, MUSIC
By the early 1960s, the fabric of Overtown was interrupted by the building of major interstate highways, I-95 and I-395 separating the neighborhood into quadrants.
Businesses closed and families were forced to move out. However, recent interest in revitalizing the area have seen great success thanks to the efforts of legacy groups, community volunteers, businesses, and civic and philanthropic organizations.
The groups leading the charge behind Overtown’s revitalization have played a key role in preserving and revitalizing historic sites as well as bringing in new housing options and mixed-use facilities, hoping to reclaim and bring back to life the area’s cultural and historical significance.
Saturday, Aug.24 is Flag Day, with visitors and businesses encouraged to display the colors of their heritage while enjoying art, food, and music that represent the many cultures of Miami.
Sunday, Aug 25 will feature A Taste of Overtown. During this foodie favorite, visitors will be able to stroll through a diverse assortment of food service providers from local restaurants, caterers, and chefs.
The public is invited to the Overtown Marketplace’s grand opening activities.
For guests interest in attending the soft launch on Aug. 17, RSVP online at www.theovertownmarketplace.com/events/soft-launch-event. Both events are free.
To learn more about the Overtown Marketplace, visit www.theovertownmarketplace.com