Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum

Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, New Smyrna Beach: Address, Phone Number, Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum

Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum
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The Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum is one of a few of its kind in the state of Florida. It houses a collection of photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts that are displayed to educate citizens and students about the history and race relations in small-town Florida over the course of the 20th century.
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Neil F
Laconia34 contributions
Don't miss this museum
Jan 2020
We were greeted by Mr Jimmy Harrell, the founders husband. He was so welcoming. Mrs. Harrell captured so much of the Black heritage of New Smyrna. I loved her glass collection and the story behind it. I purchased her book so I could read the memoirs of the families. Can you believe that the schools here were not integrated until 1969? It really makes history come alive.
Written February 7, 2020
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mangermanger
180 contributions
Interesting and Informative
Feb 2018
The museum is located in a former Church and was started by Mary S Harrell who passed away two years ago. Her husband, Jimmy, is continuing her legacy of showcasing the area's black history as well as the black men and women across America who contributed to society. There are photos, collectibles, some African art but, to me, the highlight was a quilt of the Underground Railway, with its clues and knots...hidden in plain view...that directed the way to freedom in Ontario, Canada. This museum is off the tourist path, but easy to find and worth the visit.
Written February 17, 2018
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sjhokie
New Smyrna Beach, FL406 contributions
Very interesting little treasure
Mar 2017 • Solo
Visited here after the sweet corn festival last year and really enjoyed learning a bit about NSB's black heritage. Great collection of photos and artifacts from over the last century with lots of information on the local schools.

It's a small place, but one that serves an important purpose and probably worth a visit for all locals...
Written September 10, 2017
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Thomas D
Edgewater, FL94 contributions
Excellent history of the African American population.
Nov 2016 • Family
The dedication of the Harrell family to preserve the history of the African American people of New Smyrna Beach is an outstanding endeavor begun by the late Mrs. Harrell, and perpetuated by family and other volunteers.
Written July 13, 2017
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Gabriella D
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States16 contributions
A small treasure trove of black history
Apr 2017 • Family
Another of the hidden gems within New Smyrna Beach. Off the tourist path. It is a treasure trove of local black history. Great stop for educational purposes. Small and not time consuming.
Written May 17, 2017
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lovelydashley
Miami, FL53 contributions
Great and informative
Aug 2016 • Family
This place was great. The tour was excellent and informative. My kids really enjoyed seeing all the history. Well kept. Great experience
Written August 17, 2016
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MICHELLE S
New Smyrna Beach, FL254 contributions
Informative, Interesting and Inspiring
Jun 2016 • Family
Informative tour during the Sweet Corn Festival, a gentleman from the area now living in Winter Park gave us a very informative tour. Interesting to hear and see the living history of how the Black Culture lived in the area. Inspiring to keep history alive by visiting and continuing to live fully in unity in this, my home community.
Written August 16, 2016
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