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February 21, 2024

MIAMI (WSVN) – Two Miami Heat legends came together to help teach South Florida students about a precious piece of Miami’s Black history.

Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice met with students and mentors on Wednesday for a memorable field trip to the Historic Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum.

Mourning said it is crucial for children growing up in Miami-Dade County to know their history.

“When you think about the pioneers of this city, you know, you think about people in our Black communities that played a significant role in the development of this city, it’s important for our kids to know where they’ve come from,” he said.

The field trip was part of the Miami Heat’s School to Work program, which pairs Heat employees with students to help them prepare for college and future employment. Read more

About the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum
The only museum of its kind in the nation, the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, located in the historic Overtown community in Miami, FL, was once an active police station and courthouse serving South Florida’s Black community. Today, the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and display the history of Black Law Enforcement that served in the City of Miami Police Department during the pre-Civil Rights era. The museum houses artifacts, documents, and archival images that share the stories of the men and women who worked there. Currently, the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum is working on an oral history collection effort aimed at preserving stories of those who worked in the precinct and courthouse when it was active. 

The Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. Guided museum tours are provided by retired City of Miami police officers. For more information, visit https://historicalblackprecinct.org/