Delray Beach, Fla. – January 2013 – The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum invites guests and friends to celebrate Black History Month in February with a special ride aboard its “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour; upcoming tour dates are Monday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 13. The tours begin at 10 a.m.; cost is $20 per person.
Part of the tour focuses on the West Settlers’ District, the only historical region of Delray Beach dedicated to the African-American settlers and pioneers of the city. The museum, home to educational leader Solomon D. Spady, and the former La France Hotel, are highlights of the West Settlers’ District. The La France Hotel, now an apartment complex for seniors, used to be the “home away from home” for black performers, who were unable to stay at any other South Florida lodging, due to segregation. An exhibit on the La France Hotel is currently on display at the Spady Museum.
“The tour is a wonderfully interactive way to learn about the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures to the landscape of Delray Beach,” said Museum Director Charlene Jones. “The history and relationship of the races combine to create some fascinating stories that appeal to all age groups. It’s a great way to celebrate Black History Month.”
Now in its seventh year, the “Ride & Remember” has added the Colony Hotel and the Sandoway House Nature Center to its various stops.
About the “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour: Normally held on the second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, the tour takes riders through the city’s five historic districts. Riders will tour the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Old School Square and select historic sites for a closer look at the fascinating history of Delray Beach. Upcoming Tour Dates are Wednesday, February 13, 2013; Saturday, March 9, 2013; Saturday, April 13, 2013 and Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Cost is $20 per person. To reserve a spot, visit www.spadymuseum.org or call 561-279-8883. Trolley Tour sponsors include returning premier sponsor Florida Power & Light Company, Waste Management, Del-Raton One-Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, Cartridge World and Hand’s Stationers.
About Spady Cultural Heritage Museum:
The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is the only museum of its kind in Palm Beach County. Located at 170 NW Fifth Avenue in Delray Beach, it is dedicated to showcasing the African-, Haitian- and Caribbean-American cultural contributions to the artistic landscape of Florida and the U.S. The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is a proud sponsor of specific museum activities, including exhibits and lectures. The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and The Auburn Group are also proud sponsors of selected museum programs. Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday;