10 places to learn more about Central Florida’s black history


Through the years, leaders in the community have stepped up to create museums or save historical houses belonging to prominent figures in Central Florida’s black history.

Their main goal: to preserve their stories and to educate the community.

Whether it’s Black History Month or any month of the year, we’ve put together a list of places to visit where you can learn more about the people who have broken barriers and served their communities.

1. Mary McLeod Bethune House, Daytona Beach

The former home of Bethune-Cookman University founder, Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune. Tours run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.
The former home of Bethune-Cookman University founder, Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune. Tours run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. (Daytonabeach.com)

This is the house where Bethune lived in the early 1900s. It was purchased in 1913 and she lived there until her passing in 1955. She was a civil rights leader known for advising presidents and fellow educators. At her home, which she also called “The Retreat,” you will be able to see her personal library, and artifacts and pictures from Bethune-Cookman University.

2. Wells’ Buillt Museum of African-American History and Culture, Orlando

Dr. William Monroe Wells was one of the first black doctors in Orlando and is…

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