Miami, Florida (PRWEB) September 25, 2013
Arcadia Publishing is excited to announce the richly illustrated book, Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights by Patricia Harper Garrett and Jessica Garrett Modkins in stores December 2, 2013. This mother daughter duo made it their mission to preserve the rich legacy of this community. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
The book chronicles the Richmond Heights community through historic documents, resolutions and photographs. This southwest Miami, Florida community was founded in 1949 by Capt. Frank Crawford Martin for black World War II veterans. Captain Martin, also a veteran, thought this community would be a good business venture but, for a white man in the late 1940s, this venture turned into a tool for social change by creating many first for Blacks in Miami.
Miami’s Richmond Heights chronicles Capt. Martin’s vision of creating the first self contained community for Black World War II veterans in the United States thus blazing a trail for the first Black United States Postmaster in Florida, the first pool for Blacks in Miami, and the first form of public transportation into South West Miami-Dade County.
Highlights of Miami’s Richmond Heights:
- The Historic Ledger with Property Sales Information.
- The Fight to open Richmond Elementary School.
- The Nostalgic Social Life of Residents during Segregation.
- The Water Tower that served as a Landmark for 3 Decades.
- Pres. Harry Truman’s involvement in the development.
The book will be in stores December 2, 2013 at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through http://www.MiamisRichmondHeights.com.