Miami's Richmond Heights

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Richmond Heights, a community in southwest Miami, Florida, was founded in 1949 by Capt. Frank Crawford Martin for African American World War II veterans. Captain Martin, also a veteran, thought this community would be a good business venture, but for this white man in the late 1940s it turned into a tool for social change leading all the way to the White House. Miami's Richmond Heights chronicles the beginnings of the original residents who were World War II veterans, including Tuskegee Airmen, as well as Fortune 500 presidents, doctors, university professors, and many other professionals. It explores the vision for the community, how it translated to residents, and to Pres. Harry Truman's involvement.
ISBN: 9781467111027
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Patricia Harper Garrett is a sitting Florida Democratic committeewoman for Precinct 802 and has had her roots in Richmond Heights since 1956 while an elementary school student. As a fourth-generation school educator, she retired from Miami-Dade County Public Schools after 35 years of service. Born and raised in Richmond Heights, Jessica Garrett Modkins's career has evolved into that of a modern-day renaissance woman. Her mastery of several disciplines has led to successful careers as an executive in broadcast news, consumer marketing, and the music industry. This mother-daughter duo made preserving the historical details of Richmond Heights their mission.