Built in 1892, it is the oldest and last remaining wooden structure on the historic campus of Florida A&M University
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"African-American history is the history of America."
- Dr. James N. Eaton, Sr.
In 2003, the Dorsey Memorial Library was deemed a historical place by the City of Miami. When it was deemed historical, it was noted that the building was in poor condition with the potential to continue to deteriorate without continued maintenance. On March 2, 2016, a public nuisance lawsuit against the City of Miami was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for the City of Miami's failure to maintain the Dorsey Memorial Library. The citations stated that the building was a potential fire or windstorm hazard. On January 17, 2018 city leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the restoration of the building.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University's main campus was declared a National Historic District in 1996. The continued demolition of contributing properties may alter the status of the coveted historic designation.
As we continue to grow as an organization, The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. will need your support and financial contributions to continue to fight to save the many thousands of endangered African-American historic properties throughout the United States that are discarded each day, and to educate the public about their historical significance.
The NAPAAHC has begun accepting membership applications. If you would like to become a member, please click here. If you would like to share your African-American historical artifacts or photographs for preservation or display on our website, please contact NAPAAHC using the form on our contact page. We'd love to hear from you.
Submitting historical photos/documents
The NAPAAHC is committed to preserving the stories, legacies, and artifacts of little known African-American innovators who have had a significant impact of local or statewide significance in their respective communities within the United States.
If you would like to share your stories and/or historic photographs, please submit your information to email@example.com, or contact us via our contact page. Someone will be in touch with you shortly. Your information will also be eligible for display on our website, and social media outlets.
Save an historic building
The National Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture, Inc. will assist you in saving your historic property or resource. To contact us for assistance, please fill out the form on our contact page.
Please ensure that you remain on the look out for applications for our 2021 Threatened Properties List!