Interview with Dr. John O. Brown
QUESTION 9
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Why is there all this devotion towards what Overtown was? What do you think that comes from?

DR. JOHN O. BROWN:

Well, the segregation brought people together and most of, everybody knew everybody else. At that time you could walk around and at 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning. You didn't lock your cars. You didn't lock your house doors anything. And this was a good time community. I mean everybody came to Miami to have a good time. And if you were Black in the United States and you were anybody in the middle to upper middle class, you came to Miami in the wintertime and enjoyed the Carver Hotel, the Lord Calvert or the Sir John Hotel and you had a good time. There were two main events that you had in Miami at that time for Blacks and one was the Orange Blossom Classic when Florida A&M brought its big band out and its football team. The second was the Northwest Golf Tournament which was held out at Miami Springs. At that time Blacks could play golf one day out of the week at Miami Springs on Mondays. But for the North/South tournament they allowed them to play the whole week and Blacks from all over the country would come down for that tournament.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Going to stop now.