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E. W. F. Stirrup (1873-1957), Coconut Groves's most successful businessman. Born in the Bahamas in 1873, Stirrup moved to Coconut Grove in 1899. He built many of the first homes for Blacks in Coconut Grove using his skills as a carpenter.
 

 
Josephine Dillard Powell (1895-1991), one of the first Black settlers in Lemon City. Her son, Richard Powell, became a long time Liberty City resident who led Liberty City's NAACP chapter for many years.

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Arthur Mays, a Black south Dade pioneer. With the help of his wife Polly, Mays helped to establish the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church as well as the first medical services for Blacks in south Dade. The Mayses also established the first school for Black children in south Dade county. Although he could pass for White, Mays chose to live as a Black man.
 

 
D. A. Dorsey (1872-1940). A carpenter from Quitman, Georgia., Dorsey arrived in Miami at about the time that the railroad was extended to Biscayne Bay. He built may of the so-called shotgun houses in Colored Town and rented them out. He was thought to be Miami's first Black millionaire.

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Forence Gaskins, the best known Black businesswoman of her day. Gaskins arrived in Miami from Jacksonville in 1896. She operated a laundry business that catered to the tourists at the Royal Palm Hotel. She also owned a real estate agency and a private school.
 

 
Three generations of the Reeves family in 1965. The Reeves family owns the largest Black newspaper, The Miami Times. From left to right are: Garth C. Reeves Sr., Henry E. S. Reeves, the founder of the paper, and Garth C. Reeves Jr.

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W. B. Sawyer (1880-1950). Dr. Sawyer was 25 years old when he arrived in Miami from West Palm Beach. He started Christian Hosptial, the first hospital for Blacks in Dade county and was instrumental in establishing Jackson Memorial Hosptial. Dr. Sawyer also owned the Mary Elizabeth Hotel in Colored Town.
 


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