Wells' Built Museum of African American History


Wells' Built Museum of African American History is located at West South Street in Orlando, Florida and is approximately 25 minutes from the city's international airport. The museum aims to preserve the memory of the Wells' Built Hotel, South Street Casino and the African-American heritage of the city. It is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and visitors can park their cars in the designated Wells' Built parking area.

The museum was formerly a hotel built in 1926 by Dr William Monroe Wells, which was designed to provide lodging for African Americans during the times of segregation. The museum now has over 6,000 square feet of display space with various items such as the official hotel documents, photographs, books, slave records and an original Negro League baseball jersey. The building retains its original façade as well as architecture and furnishings from the 1920s and 30s.

Next door to the hotel was the South Street Casino, which was a popular entertainment venue for African Americans living in the neighboring cities. The museum retains some of the memories and artifacts from the casino, which sadly burnt down in the 1980s. After taking a look around the museum visitors may like to find a place to eat and there are several restaurants within a mile including Vivaldi Ristorante on West Pine Street.

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