BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT. Dana Albert Dorsey, a black pioneer, came to Miami around 1892 with the railroad from Quitman, Georgia. It is said that with $25 he purchased his first parcel of land which he developed into a business empire. Through wise investments, he amassed the largest real estate holdings of any black man in the United States becoming Miami's first black millionaire. His numerous enterprises in Miami included the Dorsey Hotel, a popular gathering place in the 1920's and a neighborhood drygoods store. He had real estate holdings in Dade and Broward counties, Cuba, and the Bahamas. It was said that on Sundays, Dorsey rode around in a chauffeuered limousine collecting rents from tenants.
Dorsey used his wealth and influence as a businessman and property owner to make significant contributions to the community. He donated to Dade County Public Schools the property at Northwest 71st Street and 17th Avenue, on which Dorsey High School was later built. He also donated land to the community's first park and library.
Named in his memory are Dorsey High School (now the D.A. Dorsey Educational Center), Dorsey Park and Dorsey Avenue (NW 3rd Avenue). The Dorsey House located at 250 NW 9th Street in Miami, is listed as an historic site. (INFO.& PHOTO - Black Archives, History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc.) #365Black #Miami #DanaDorsey #BlackHistory #MiamiHistory #USHistory