(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI (Feb. 1, 2024) – Brightline and The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida are excited to unveil a groundbreaking interactive exhibit, "Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved," at MiamiCentral. Through this activation, The Black Archives and Brightline seek to honor and recognize the significance of Overtown, fostering a deeper understanding of its cultural contributions and creating a space for dialogue and appreciation that invites visitors to explore Overtown.
The interactive experience was unveiled on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Brightline's MiamiCentral station located in Overtown, where Brightline was joined by members of the Black Archives, Commissioner Keon Hardemon, members of the community and media to celebrate the launch of the exhibit, which will be on display through February. The evening commenced with an opening message from Kamila E. Pritchett, Executive Director of The Black Archives, who shared the unique history of each represented landmark displayed in the exhibit.
"I am thrilled to unveil our interactive historical exhibit at Brightline Miami Central Station,” said Pritchett. “This immersive experience is not just a collection of historic photos; it's a journey through time, culture, and resilience. Our goal is to transport visitors on a journey through Miami’s significant Black history, and invite them to further explore the cultural landmarks of Overtown. We invite everyone to join us on this exploration of heritage as we proudly showcase the richness of our history at the crossroads of innovation and cultural significance."
“Connecting communities is more than transporting people; it’s connecting people to history, culture and knowledge, said Patrick Goddard, Brightline President. “It is exciting to partner with The Black Archives, once again, to unveil this exhibit. “‘Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved’ is not merely a display but a journey beyond our physical space. We believe in its ability to foster unity and appreciation for our unique community’s heritage."
How to experience immersive exhibit “Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved”
"Echoes of Overtown: A Legacy Preserved” is an interactive exhibit unveiling the vibrant history and profound contributions of eight key cultural landmarks that have shaped the intricate tapestry of Overtown, Miami. Guests will scan QR codes that will direct them to further information about the landmarks listed below and how to visit them.
This marks Brightline’s second partnership with The Black Archives. In 2021, Brightline and The Black Archives collaborated on an exhibit that featured original works by Purvis Young. The art installation, located inside the MiamiCentral PREMIUM Lounge, featured original works by the renowned artist who was born in Liberty City and lived and painted in historic Overtown. Open to all Brightline guests, the Purvis Young exhibit featured 19 original pieces.
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