RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 38: The Wells Built Hotel

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Title

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 38: The Wells Built Hotel

Alternative Title

Wells Built Hotel Podcast

Subject

Podcasts
Documentaries
Physicians--Florida
Segregation--Florida
Casinos--United States
Hotels--Florida
Orlando (Fla.)

Description

Episode 38 of RICHES Podcast Documentaries: The Wells Built Hotel. RICHES Podcast Documentaries are short form narrative documentaries that explore Central Florida history and are locally produced. These podcasts can involve the participation or cooperation of local area partners.

Episode 38 focuses on the Wells' Built Hotel, which was constructed at 511 West South Street in Orlando, Florida in 1921. 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 due to segregation. Dr. Wells also built the South Street Casino, which was host to a various African-American performers traveling along the Chitlin' Circuit. 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.

Abstract

Amidst a racially segregated Central Florida, one of Orlando’s first black physicians, Dr. William Monroe Wells, constructed a hotel to accommodate African-Americans who could not otherwise find welcome lodging. Next door, he built the South St. Casino, which in its prime was host a thrilling list of visiting performers from the famous “Chitlin’ Circuit,” as well as other prominent African-Americans. In this podcast, Dr. Benjamin D. Brotemarkle talks about the rise, fall, and restoration of this historic landmark.

Creator

Cravero, Geoffrey

Source

Original 18-minute and 1-second podcast by Geoffrey Cravero, September 14, 2012: "RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 38: The Wells Built Hotel." RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 2012-09-14

Date Copyrighted

2012-09-14

Date Issued

2012-09-14

Contributor

Brotemarkle, Benjamin D.

Is Part Of

RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Orlando, Florida.
RICHES Podcast Documentaries Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

audio/mp3

Extent

16.5 MB

Medium

18-minute and 1-second podcast

Language

eng

Type

Sound/Podcast

Coverage

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

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Geoffrey Cravero and published by RICHES of Central Florida.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"RICHES Podcast Documentaries, Episode 38: The Wells Built Hotel." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/2491.
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.

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1 audio podcast

Duration

18 minutes and 1 second

Bit Rate/Frequency

128kbps

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