Miami’s Colored Town A Boon for White Landlords

 

“The real estate explosion of the mid-1920s brought over two thousand wooden tenements to Colored Town, with the boom only increasing white people’s rental foothold in the neighborhood. Less than 10 percent of Colored Town’s residents owned their own home.”

Source: A World More Concrete: Real Estate and The Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida by N.D.B. Connolly The University of Chicago Press 2014 p. 78; and U.S. Census Bureau, Housing: Supplement to the First Series Housing Bulletin for Florida: Miami: Black Statistics (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1942), 21-22

South Florida’s New Year Tradition

“[Miami’s] Colored Town grew out of both the Caribbean Basin and the American South. And at no time was this more evident than at midnight New Year’s morning. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, those celebrating in bars or hotels and those attending reverent midnight masses at nearby Catholic, Episcopal and Anglican churches would empty into Colored Town’s streets as it wrenched to life with the Junkanoo Parade …”¬†

Source: A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Making of Jim Crow South Florida by N.D.B. Connolly  University of Chicago Press, 2014 p. 101