MIAMI, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Historic Society of Richmond Heights is pleased to announce that the documentary, The Richmond Heights 49ers will debut on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Cinepolis, CocoWalk, 3015 Grant Avenue, Miami, FL 33133 at 2 pm.
Based on the book, Images of America: Miami's Richmond Heights by co-authors Patricia Harper Garrett and The Historic Society's Founder & Executive Director, Jessica Garrett Modkins, the documentary explores the lives of early settlers in detail and the rationale of the white developer Captain Frank C. Martin who perpetuated social change during Jim Crow. Martin made a bold and unpopular decision in 1949 to build a self-contained community for Black World War II veterans.
"The legacy of Richmond Heights started nearly seven decades ago and it must be preserved for future generations," said Jessica Garrett Modkins. "The Historic Society is excited to be able to tell this story of the residents who embody the spirit of preservation, resilience, and pride. We are incredibly grateful to the Florida Humanities Council, the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for their support. We look forward to sharing the distinguished legacy of the Heights with the rest of the world through the power of film."
The documentary will feature intimate conversations with the community's pioneering residents in an effort to understand their experiences firsthand, and delve into Captain Frank C. Martin's mindset behind his desire to build homes specifically designed for Black World War II veterans. The film will also take a closer look at the socioeconomic fabric of this time, segregation, and civil rights. Limited tickets are available for free at richmondheights49ers.eventbrite.com.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
ABOUT THE HISTORIC SOCIETY: The Historic Society is a 501(C)(3) organization. Our mission is to organize the collection, preservation, and the dissemination of material and information related to the history of Miami's historic Richmond Heights. By doing so we wish to inspire, nurture, and instill a resilient Spirit for life. For more information on the Historic Society please visit www.TheHistoricSociety.org or call 305.744.5760. Join the conversation at https://www.Facebook.com/thehistoricsociety.
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