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Built in 1938, gen­er­a­tions of black fam­i­lies have lived at Dixie Court Apart­ments

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - LOCAL - By Tonya Alanez South Florida Sun Sentinel

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.

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