July 28, 2012 was Miami’s 116th birthday and The Black Archives celebrated it with a reenactment of the signing of the articles of incorporation (one third of the signers were black) and an ice cream social.

NABHOOD students exploring the exhibit at the Ward Rooming House Cultural Tourist Center. The exhibit will be on display until the end of 2012.

On March 30, 2012, the Black Archives helped the FIU-Frost Art Museum ArtREACH Express Arts & Culture Program give a tour of Wynwood and Overtown to children from the Overtown Youth Center and Fisher Island Day School. It was a lot of fun!

On Nov 15, 2011, at the Miami International Book Fair, Dr. Fields presented Harry Belafonte with a plaque inducting him into The Black Archives Lyric Theater Celebrity Row.

The Black Archives was selected by Dade County Library Association for their 2011 tour.

Ford Motor Company recognizes Freedom Sisters

In March 2011, Ford Motor Copany honored Black Archives Founder, Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, by selecting her for their “Freedom Sisters” national traveling exhibition, celebrating African American women who helped shape the civil rights movement in America.

Black Archives Executive Director, Timothy Barber, gives City of Miami Mayor Regalado a tour of The Black Archives Lyric Theater Welcome Center Complex. L-R: Timothy Barber (Black Archives Executive Director), Pat Santangelo (City of Miami Public Affairs Officer), Dr. Dorothy Fields (Black Archives Founder), Mayor Regalado. Overtown, Miami, Feb 17, 2011.

Black History Month exhibit by The Black Archives. Joseph Caleb Community Center, Brownsville, Miami, Feb 2011.

Executive Director Timothy Barber with the Heisman Trophy during the film premier of ESPN’s “The U” held at the Lyric Theater. Overtown, Miami, 9 Dec 2009.

Timothy Barber, Director of the Black Archives, with famed historian John Hope Franklin. Joseph Caleb Community Center, circa 2004.

Ward Rooming Gallery ribbon cutting. Overtown, Miami, Aug 2010.

Saint Agnes Episcopal Church ground breaking. Overtown, Miami, circa 1910s.

Volunteers Emma Ladson and Toya Paul. The Black Archives, Brownsville, Miami, 2010.

University of Miami intern, Elliot Williams. The Black Archives, Brownsville, Miami 2010.

Hampton House Fashion Show. Brownsville, Miami, 1962.

Model Cities Overpass Park, located under I-95 in Overtown, circa 1970s.

Black Archives staff and volunteers. The Black Archives, Brownsville, Miami, 2010.

Dr. Richard Strachan of Arcola Lakes Park Singing Angels Choir presents Black Archives Director Timothy Barber with a generous financial donation. The Black Archives, Brownsville, Miami, 2010.

Volunteer Marie Jovin. The Black Archives, Brownsville, Miami, 2010.

Circa 2008, intern Nneka Hanchard talks to Miami-Dade Public School students about the Purvis Young exhibit and the Miami Herald Rising Voices exhibit on display at the Lyric Theater. Overtown, Miami.

Exhibit by The Black Archives for the “Linkages & Legacies” book unveiling. Miami, Mar 2010.

The Black Archives, incorporated on November 17, 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Intended for school children and founded by Dorothy Jenkins Fields, its purpose is to document the black experience in Miami-Dade County from 1896 to the present, which, for a variety of reasons, is not widely documented. From the photographs and documents of pioneer families to souvenir programs from churches and organizations, The Black Archives preserves the identity of black South Florida.