Interview with Jessie McCrary
QUESTION 13
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

You said in so many words that Overtown is dead and is not going to come back. Tell me that and tell me why.

JESSIE McCRARY:

Overtown is dead because, two or three reasons. One, people, the class of people who once made Overtown thrive, moved to suburbia. They come in in the morning and they go out in the afternoon. There is nothing to draw people to Overtown now. What exists in Overtown now is government and that's not the kind of thing that made Overtown grow. It will be prosperous but not prosperous in the sense that it will be a mecca, a social setting for Black Miami.