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The Wells’ Built Museum

The hotel is now the home of the Wells’ Built Museum, which opened in June 2009. The 6,000 ft. museum houses memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community and contains displays on the Civil Rights movement in Orlando, along with some African art on loan from local collectors. Exhibits include a 1930’s period hotel guestroom with authentic […]

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The Casino

Next door to the Wells’ Built was once the South Street Casino, a performance hall, which featured musicians that traveled the ‘Chitlin Circuit’ performing for audiences all over the country.

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The Wells’ Built Hotel

The Wells’Built Hotel has been converted into a modest museum housing memorabilia of Orlando’s African-American community and displays on the Civil Rights movement along with some African art and artifacts.  This historic museum is located in the center of Orlando’s historic Parramore district at 511 West South Street. Dr. William Monroe Wells built the hotel and a nearby […]

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The History of Dr. William Wells

Dr. William Monroe Wells was a prominent African-American physician in Orlando during the first half of the 20th century. One of Orlando’s first Black doctors, Dr. Wells came to Orlando in 1917. In 1921 he built a hotel for African-Americans barred from Florida’s segregated hotels. Soon afterwards, he built South Street Casino, an entertainment venue […]

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