Experience everything Orlando’s influential African American community has to offer, including annual celebrations, Black-owned businesses, and captivating history and culture.

African American History in Orlando

Orlando’s rich African American history and cultural influences can be found throughout Orlando, including these standout locations.

    Incorporated in 1887, historic Eatonville is one of the oldest African American communities in the U.S. and the childhood home of author Zora Neale Hurston, who is celebrated at a museum and annual festival named in her honor. Other points of historical interest here include the St. Lawrence AME…

    Constructed in 1921, the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture started as a hotel that catered to African American guests during the segregation era, including several famous musicians. Part of downtown Orlando’s Parramore district, it now houses memorabilia of Orlando’s African…

    monument in the Hannibal Square district of Orlando, Florida Hannibal Square

    Officially founded in 1881, Hannibal Square was originally designated as the African American section of Winter Park — and became the site of one of the country’s earliest Civil Rights marches in 1887. The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is an excellent place to learn more about the district’s past…

    Celebrations & Cultural Events

    Celebrate African American culture year-round at ZORA!® Festival, Black History Month, Juneteenth and other can’t-miss events.

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