LIBERTY SQUARE: Power, History, and Race in Miami

On January 29, 2015, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that Liberty Square, one of the country’s oldest public housing developments would be “razed and redeveloped.” Built in 1937 during the New Deal and under Jim Crow, the development was the first segregated public housing in the United States, built to house black residents of Miami moving out of the crowded black community in downtown Miami know as Colored Town (now called Overtown).

In December of 2015, Dr. Moses Shumow, digital media faculty in the School of Communication and Journalism at Florida International University, was awarded a Restorative Narrative fellowship from the media nonprofit Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh), allowing him to produce a documentary film about the rich history and legacy of this community, as well as what its future might hold.

Below is the trailer for “Liberty Square: Power, History, and Race in Miami,” the film produced as a result of these efforts (click the title or on the “Documentary” tab above for the full length version). Elsewhere on this site are links to multimedia and digital storytelling projects in which Dr. Shumow and his students have been engaged in Liberty Square since the summer of 2015, as well as news and updates on the redevelopment of Liberty Square and screening dates for the documentary.