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Welcome to the Old Dillard Museum



Photo Carlton Moore

Carlton B. Moore Tribute

Exhibit Opening Reception October 15, 2015

The Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation has helped the Old Dillard Museum organize an exhibit on the late Fort Lauderdale commissioner, civil rights activist and patron of the underserved. The exhibit includes personal items from Mr. Moore's life, including books, record albums, photos and campaign materials. The foundations asked that those who attend the reception on October 15th donate $25 for scholarships and efforts to help incarcerated youths. You can donate through Eventbrite. Click here for access.

Nat Adderley Concert

2015 Cannonball Jazz Series

Nat Adderley, Jr. ConcertSeptember 20, 2015

A inspiring concert was held onSunday, September 20, 2015 at at the Dillard Center for the Arts featuring jazz pianist Nat Adderley Jr. and students for Dillard Jazz Band. In addition to the concert Adderley conducted workshops and assembles at the school.

BCPS Centennial

Broward Schools Centennial

Broward County Public School celebrates one hundred years of providing excellent educatinal services to the community beginning with an opening ceremony on September 1, 2015. For more information goto

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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.


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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    Broward 100

    Broward County is 100 years old this year. Originally the county was going to be named Everglades County because of its rugged terrain, but the name was changed to honor one of Florida's governors, Napolian Broward. The governor was known for his plans to drain the Everglades to make the state more liveable for settlers.


    Reserve seats at the September 20, 2015 jazz concert featuring Pianist Nat Adderley, Jr. and the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Band.


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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

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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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