A new interactive mural will be on display in Miami just in time for June 16th

MIAMI – The Historic Ward Rooming House in Overtown is home to some of the most treasured Black artwork from local artists like Marvin Weeks to historical pieces that embody Black culture.

Chris Norwood, founder of Hampton Art Lovers, has curated the space at Ward Rooming House for years. He spoke about the art and power of the Black experience.

“Visual art in our time of enslavement did not give us the opportunity to create visual art. The only things we know of that continue this tradition are things like quilt making and architecture. We’ve built so many things and done it in an artistic way,” he said.

On Friday, Hampton Art Lovers, in partnership with Miami MoCAAD, hosted a mural unveiled on the side of the Thomas Building, named for Lawson Thomas, the South’s first black judge after Reconstruction.

Anthony Mojo Reed created the mural. His work is displayed at the recently defunct Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center at 1021 NW 2nd Ave. take place in Miami.


“Life has been a demonstration of art when it comes to black people, so June 16 was a celebration of liberty, a celebration of liberty,” Norwood said. “For us it is just as important as the 4th of July.”

South Florida will host a series of events commemorating June 16th. click here to learn more.

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Miami’s Overtown celebrates June 16 with black art and African American culture.

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