Crime Museum Black History Tours
“No Jews. No N******s. No Dogs.” This sign once stood at the entrance of Miami Beach in the 1920’s, and in the decades since 1928 when an African Princess named “Laura” Adakor Kofey was murdered in Miami in front of 500 African Americans while preaching against their returning to her home country of Ghana, (no one was ever convicted of her murder to the delight of the Ku Klux Klan) South Florida has gone from being a frontier town with less than a hundred inhabitants to a place that covets the billions it earns from the millions of tourists who visit it each year.
Yet, in May 2015, when Broward County State Attorney Mike Satz was asked when he was going to launch an inquiry into racist policing in Broward County, he replied he wouldn’t do so because “Racism is not a crime.”.
In the 1930’s, Miami’s black “Overtown” neighborhood got its name from the many whites who crossed “over” into “colored town” to listen to the music of Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Josephine Baker, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.
They went to hear the bluesman sing, “Lord, I’m so low down baby, I declare I’m looking up at down,” and to pretend that there would be no price to pay for the racism and corruption that was growing steadily among the orange blossoms in their backyards. The South Florida Black History tour is the story of the famous, the infamous and the unknown African-American South Floridians whose struggles. Setbacks, defeats and accomplishments tell the story of the ultimate victory that those who have faithfully kept their “eyes on the prize” still seek.