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Little Haiti history

Part of an area once known as Lemon City, and with a history stretching as far back as the Civil War, both Little Haiti and Little River were transformed by an influx of Caribbean immigrants, becoming one of the most defining neighborhoods in Miami’s vast tapestry of cultures.

Come explore the history of Little Haiti.

To know Little Haiti, you need to look further than Miami. From a group of slaves overthrowing their masters to form a new country, to community leaders coming together to form a new neighborhood, Little Haiti’s roots stretch way back.

Author Mandy Baca gives us a quick look at key events in Miami Black History in the 1980s and 1990s, when riots over police violence toward blacks shook Miami, a new wave of Haitian immigrants carved out their place in the city, and Miami Bass took center stage.

Little Haiti is awash in tropical hues and swooping facades. It’s an architectural island in the midst of Miami that’s a throwback to the neighborhood’s vibrant Caribbean past.

Whether you’re in Lemon City, Little Haiti, or Little River the region spanning from NW 54th St. to NW 79th St. has gone through immense changes, geographically, demographically, and culturally. Here's a deep dive into where those names came from.