Haitian Heritage Museum in Little Haiti
Haitian Heritage Museum in Little Haiti is the first Haitian Museum of its kind founded outside the country, in Miami, Florida. It is a non-profit organization committed to highlight and preserve Haiti's rich heritage and culture. It is a place where the visitors and the local community can witness rich collections of Haitian art, historical artifacts, literary works, music and films. This award winning museum also organizes cultural events, art exhibitions and educational programs for the Miami-Dade community since 2004. It is a treasure for the local community that celebrates Haitian culture through exhibits and community programs. The walls of the museum are covered with dozens of pieces of colorful framed Haitian art and artifacts of all sorts are meticulously scattered throughout. The creators and founders behind this great museum are Evelyn Pierre- the Executive Director and Serge Rodriguez- the Director of Operations.
Haitian painting had a peak period between 1950 and 1975 and the greatest works of Langston Hughes, America-African writer, on Harlem Renaissance were published between 1930s and 1940s. The museum in the heart of Little Haiti is a Mecca for Haitian art and culture in America. Because strategically, Florida is the most common first stop for Haitians who come up to settle in America and simultaneously, it often becomes the last stop for people returning their homeland. Many Haitians and Haitian-Americans consider South Florida as one sort of bridge to their motherland. The exhibits of the museum through visual arts, text and architecture depict Haiti's path to freedom, from the scourge of slavery to independence in 1804. The museum itself is quite small in size but its contribution is not restricted within its four walls. They work in local schools, teach students about Haitian literature, history and music--they also organize periodic field trips.
Haitian Heritage Museum
4141 NE 2nd Ave #105c, Miami, FL 33137