People pushed for a museum on Miami’s Virginia Key

1 Aug

Someone walking around Virginia Key Beach Park today would see some of the same amenities that were available more than 70 years ago: a bath house to wash out the pesky sand between one’s toes, picnic tables where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat and a carousel that’s an amusement for young and old. However, Miamians who are familiar with the history of the park — a place that was once the only beach that welcomed people of color — have for years anticipated a new park amenity: a historic civil rights museum. On Monday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez formally signed a resolution creating the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Museum Fund for a minimum of 10 years. The fund is intended to help pay for operation of the museum after it’s built, although the city has not said how much it will commit. For the past two fiscal years, the city has contributed $300,000 per year to the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, the board that oversees park operations. Read more by clicking link below:

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