Built in the early 1900s, the D. A. Dorsey House is located at 250 NW 9th Street in Historic Overtown and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is owned and managed by the Black Archives and was originally restored in the 1980s.
Dana Albert Dorsey, a black pioneer, came to Miami around 1892 with the railroad from Quitman, Georgia. It is said that with $25.00 he purchased his first parcel of land which he developed into a business empire. Through wise investments, Dorsey amassed the largest real estate holdings of any black man in the United States, becoming Miami’s first black millionaire. His numerous enterprises in Miami included the Dorsey Hotel, a popular gathering place in the 1920’s and a neighborhood dry goods store. Dorsey had real estate holdings in Dade and Broward counties, Cuba and the Bahamas.
Dorsey used his wealth and influence as a businessman and property owner to make significant contributions to the community. He donated the property at Northwest 71st Street and 17th Avenue to Dade County Public Schools, on which Dorsey High School was later built. He also donated land to the community’s first park and library.
Reopening of the Dorsey will be on exhibit the life, history, and legacy of Dana Albert Dorsey. A tribute to our 44th President Barack Obama. Original Purvis Young Artwork, a man amongst his people. Excerpts from the Miami Times, Miami's Black News periodicals.
Tours are arranged in time slots of an hour. Although entry is free, preference will be given to visitors who register and have a ticket to enter during their hour time slot. Due to the limited size and historic nature of the home, please register for a ticket, as limited number of guest will be allowed to enter at a time.
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