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OLD DILLARD MUSEUM
Remember Our Roots

Follow in the footsteps of those who came before us.
Ponder how our modern lives reflect the customs of the past.
Let us reveal the foundations upon which we build today.

You are invited to join us on an historical voyage back in time. Explore the rich heritage and influence of the Old Dillard community. Built in 1924, the Old Dillard School, originally called “The Colored School,” is not only the first school constructed for blacks in Broward County, but also is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Lauderdale. In February 1991, the Old Dillard School was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Renovations to the Old Dillard School were made possible through a cooperative effort between the School Board of Broward County, the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Broward County Commission, and the Black Historical Society. Their efforts preserved the school and created a cultural education center known as the Old Dillard Museum.

Museum Hours
Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mission Statement

We are a Historical Museum dedicated to preserving the history of Fort Lauderdale,
the community and our African-American heritage.

 Old Dillard Museum
1009 NW 4th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
754-322-8828

 

Derek T. Davis, Curator

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    Florida's Emancipation Day is 20 Some' May. Like Juneteenth is to Texas, May 20, 1865 is the day that the slaves in Florida were told they were free.

    Join us at the Old Dillard Museum on May 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. at our Emancipation Day Mini Festival.

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    Nat Adderley Concert

    NAT ADDERLEYJAZZ CONCERT

    Your donation will secure you a seat at the upcoming concert featuring the nephew of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.

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

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

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    RANDY CORINTHIAN'S "BITTER SWEET" CD
    To purchase a CD, click below.

    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.

    (c) Copyright 2013 Old Dillard Museum, 1009 NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL 33311, 754-322-8828

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