Home is where the heart is
Built in 1938, generations of black families have lived at Dixie Court Apartments
Running water, electricity and more than one bedroom. These were not affordable amenities for black families in Broward County 80 years ago.
But Dixie Court Apartments, built in Fort Lauderdale in 1938, changed all that when its doors first opened in the heart of the city’s black neighborhood. Then-U.S. Sen. Claude Pepper made an appear- ance to herald the Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority’s first project.
“Dixie Court was the first decent housing that was afforded black people,” said community organizer Beauregard Cummings, 92. “They had running water and they had indoor toilets and bathrooms and decent shelter.”
Mildred Brown and Shirley Logan enjoy the festivities at the Dixie Court Apartments in Fort Lauderdale.