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Liberty Square's Legacy

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 7–9pm
Location: The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

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When it was built by the American government in the 1930s, Miami’s Liberty Square complex was both an attempt to improve housing conditions for African Americans and part of a strategy to reinforce racial segregation. These conflicting aims have played out in a sometimes contentious history over the decades since—up to today, as Liberty Square undergoes private redevelopment. Join two FIU scholars, professor emeritus of psychology Marvin Dunn and John Stuart, associate dean of cultural and community engagement in the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts, as they share the stories of the design of Florida’s first public housing project and the neighborhood that grew around it.

Following the talk, stay for a brief screening and discussion with filmmakers Faren Humes (Liberty) and Katja Esson (Razing Liberty Square). Presented as part of The Wolfsonian’s Mark Mamolen program series on American homes, investigating how the design of living space powerfully expresses individual personality and social values.

Free and open to the public | THE RSVP LIST IS FULL! Email for wait list.