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Welcome to the Old Dillard Museum




Nicole Yarling

...Not Forgotten Jazz Concert

Jazz vocalist and violinist Nicole Yarling has put together a moving tribute to recently departed entertainers and heroes such as Maya Angelou, Bobby Womack, Herb Jeffries, Little Jimmy Scott, Pete Seeger, Horace Silver, Charlie Haden and more. They have gone in less than a year, but they should never be forgotten. You can reserve a seat on the donation button to the right or call the Old Dillard Museum at 754-322-8828. Seats are $15 in Advance and $20 at the Door. The concert will be at the Old DIllard Museum, 1009 N.W. 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.Selected attendees will win door prizes.

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The Meeting

A Play and Discussion of Civil Rights Movement

The Old Dillard Museum presented the play, "The Meeting," in Fort Lauderdale at Walker Auditorim andt in Miam at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Centeri. Directed by John Pryor the play feAtured Donnie Seward (left) as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Darryl Vaugh (right) as Malcom X. The thought provoking play by Jeff Stetson provided a timely focus for a discussion of the civil rights movement and black people coming together for the good of us all.




The Black Trailblazers
of Broward County

Many African Americans helped blaze the trails that developed into Broward County. Some obtained wealth, such as John H. Hill, Dr. Von D. Mizell, and Silvia Alridge. Many did not, but their hard work contributed to the welfare and economy of the county by clearing the land, building railroads, harvesting crops, cooking meals, maintaining services at hotels and educating children for the next level of endeavors. Throughout the years, the Old Dillard Museum has seen how proud the African American community has been of its role in the area, regardless of the roadblocks that they encountered.
As the county celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Old Dillard Museum will focus on the black community’s people, places and events that continue to be a part of this area’s rich and vibrant history. Our activities will combine the resources of the community’s historical advocates and the artistic practitioners to develop entertaining and exciting experiences for Broward Country’s African American neighborhoods.

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Mt. Hermon Honors All Dillard Graduates

Feet to Faith Homecoming Mt. Hermon

Mt. Hermon AME Church of Fort Lauderdale is inviting all living graduates of Dillard High School from 1938 to 2014 to the church's homecoming weekend this September. The event will include a VIP reception at the Old Dillard Museum on Thursday, September 18, 2014, a football game at Dillard High School on Friday, September, 19, 2014, a luncheon honoring alumni for 1938 to 1952 at the Family Life Center at Mt. Hremon on Saturday, September 20, 2014 and a morning celebration service in the sancturary of Mt. Hermon on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Mt. Hermon is located at 401 NW 7th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale. Click here for more information.

Created Equal

The Old Dillard Museum is one of 473 institutions across the nation that is promoting a selection of PBS documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and  the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Gilder Lehrman developed the exciting programmatic and support materials for the sites.  The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.


Our Season

Our season of events will include other musical concerts, workshops, lectures and more. Check out our “Black Trailblazers of Broward County” Brochure for more information.

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    Created Equal National Discussion

    Created Equal Series

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has developed a special initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. As part of the Endowment’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.

    Created Equal encourages communities to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides. Four hundred and seventy-three communities across the nation will receive the Created Equal film set, accompanied by resources to guide public discussion programs. The Old Dillard Museum is one of the sites participating in this national discussion. Click here to get more information about local activities.


    Cannonball Jazz Series

    RESERVE SEATS for "Not Forgotten" Jazz Concert
    Hear Nicole Yarling's jazzy tribute to recently departed entertainers at our next Cannonbal Jazz Concert.



    Make a tax deductible donation to the Old Dillard Foundation. Click below.


    We'll send a talented artist or spokesperson to your site for an exciting presentation. Starting at $150. Click below.


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    Ben Williams CutoutMr. Benjamin Williams, who is often called "Mr. Fantastic," is the 2013 Tree of Life Honoree. In addition to serving three four-year terms on the Broward County School Board as the Member for District 5, Mr. Williams had a outstanding career as an educator and administrator in Broward County Schools. During his years as a administrator, he is noted as designing and implementing the county's first magnet program at Walker Elementary in 1975, he later took the Performing Arts Magnet program to Parkway Middle School in 1988 and added technology to the curriculum as the county began to utilize technology in the district. The performing arts magnet at Parkway led to adding Arts and Music to Dillard High School with Williams as the principal in 1992. Williams was also the first black administrator assigned to a predominantly white elementary school when he became the principal of Nova Blanche Forman Elementary in 1970.

    To view past Tree of Life honorees and The Legacy Continues Video Click Here

    Come to the Old Dillard Museum and be inspired. Sensational tours are available Monday thru Friday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Summertime hours are Monday thru Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00pm. June 13th to August 11th.

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    Membership has priviliges!

    Membership benefits:

    • Membership recognition
    • Membership benefits at all Broward Attraction & Museum Month (BAMM) locations during the month of June.
    • Email updates on all events

    Click here to become a member today.

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    The Old Dillard Museum is a historical landmark and an education center operated by the Broward Public School System. Funding for the museum's activities is provided in part by the Old Dillard Foundation, Funding Arts Broward, Bank of America, The Links, Inc., The National Endowment for the Arts and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and other gracious supporters.

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