Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture, 2007

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Title

Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture, 2007

Alternative Title

Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Buildings--Florida
Hotels--Florida
Museums--Florida
National Register of Historic Places
African Americans--Florida

Description

The Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture, located at 511 West South Street in Downtown Orlando, Florida, in 2007. The hotel was constructed by one of Orlando's first African-American physicians, Dr. William Monroe Wells, to accommodate African Americans who could not otherwise find welcome lodging. Dr. Wells also built the South Street Casino, which was host to a various African-American performers traveling along the Chitlin' Circuit, including Ray Charles, B. B. King, Louis Armstrong, Guitar Slim, and Bo Diddley.

In 1997, the building was acquired by the Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, Inc., which sought to restore and preserve the structure. Although the casino no longer remains, the original Wells' Built Hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 2000. In June 2009, the hotel reopened as the Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture.

Creator

Cook, Thomas

Source

Original color digital image by Thomas Cook, 2007: Private Collection of Thomas Cook.

Date Created

2007

Contributor

Cook, Thomas

Is Part Of

Thomas Cook Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

899 KB

Medium

1 color digital image

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Wells' Built Hotel, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Thomas Cook and published by RICHES of Central Florida.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Thomas Cook and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Thomas Cook

External Reference

Brotemarkle, Benjamin D. Crossing Division Street: An Oral History of the African-American Community in Orlando. Cocoa, FL: Florida Historical Society Press, 2005.
Brotemarkle, Benjamin D., and Ulen Hodges. The Well's Built Hotel A New Guest Checks In. Orlando: Community Communications, 1999.
Parcher, Susanne. "Hello From Orlando: An Orlando Jewel, The Wells Built Museum Of African American History And Culture." Blackrefer. http://www.blackrefer.com/br-history3.html.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

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1 color digital image

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