New documentary highlights Miami's "Shangri-La" for Black families
A new docuseries about the rich history of Richmond Heights in southwest Miami-Dade debuts next week.
What's happening: "Miami's Richmond Heights: The Black Shangri-La" chronicles the origins of the neighborhood key to Miami-Dade's civil rights movement through interviews with the grandchildren of its first residents.
Background: In the late 1940s, during the Jim Crow era, Frank C. Martin, a white developer and former Pan American Airways pilot, turned rural farmland into a housing community geared toward Black World War II veterans, per the Richmond Heights Community Development Corporation.
- The neighborhood, called Richmond Heights, provided a pathway to homeownership and a middle-class lifestyle.
- It's now grown to more than 9,000 residents, and its descendants — which include inventors, NASA scientists and NFL players — are working to preserve the neighborhood's legacy.
If you watch: The series will stream starting Feb. 15 on Crackle, LG and PLEX TV.
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