Hampton House: Elite Hang-Out Spot for Black Americans in 1950s and 60s

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The Hampton House was a popular motel and social location for Black Americans during the 1950s and 60s.  The motel was located in Miami, Florida. African-Americans were allowed to have wedding receptions, beauty contests and other events by the motel’s pool deck. At night, out of town prominent Black people would frequent the club at the motel. They would enjoy good music, company and food. During segregation, this resort was one of the few places where Black Americans could also stay when traveling or vacationing.

Great jazz artists performed at the Hampton House, and people from all races and cultures enjoyed the best Miami had to offer in accommodations. Therefore, the hotel became one of the hottest places to stay to listen to music entertainers such as Sam Cooke, and Sammy Davis Jr. The Hampton House jazz lounge was one of the most happening spots in the area.

Some of the well-known names who often frequented the motel included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, James Brown, Lena Horne, and many more. Malcolm X became a guest at the 50-room motel; and even Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, visited the Mediterranean-style outdoor pool with Muhammad Ali.

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According to Hampton House Historic Officials, it is said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an early draft of his famous 1963 “I Have A Dream Speech” and delivered a version of it while staying at the hotel. The Hampton House closed in 1972, it stayed open for  17 years but closed as a casualty of desegregation and nearby growth.

source:

http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/story-of-the-week/2010/hampton-house-motel.html

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