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Miami Black History: Richmond Heights




Imagine a community where resilience and vision met the challenges of history. Welcome to Richmond Heights, a place that holds the legacy of courage and determination.


In the aftermath of World War II, Captain Frank C. Martin, a pioneer with a vision, defied the Jim Crow era norms. He laid the foundation for Richmond Heights, a haven exclusively for Black military heroes returning home. In 1946, Richmond Heights was born—a planned community where the dreams of Black GIs took root. Only those with honorable service could call it home, with homes priced at a modest $8,000. The Swain family, led by George and Betty, became the proud pioneers of this bold experiment.


Richmond Heights thrived, becoming a self-sustaining hub with its own water system, businesses, and even Florida's first Black postmaster. By 1951, over 450 homes stood as a testament to the community's strength and unity. Fast forward to today, and Richmond Heights stands not just as a historical district but as a living legacy. It's more than brick and mortar; it's a testament to the resilience of a community that shaped its own destiny from day one.


Discover Richmond Heights, where every street echoes the footsteps of those who paved the way—a community with a history as rich and vibrant as the people who call it home.


You can see the reel I created in collaboration with History Miami on Richmond Heights by clicking here.

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