Lois Rigby has lived in Overtown's Town Park Village for two decades, but long before the HUD complex opened in 1971, she remembers the little shotgun houses that occupied the neighborhood when her grandmother lived there.
Back then, you could walk to the store and get all the groceries you needed for $30, and when the circus came to Miami, children gathered along Overtown's streets to watch the elephants parade past. Black nightclubs welcomed celebrities like Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Aretha Franklin.
"You couldn't walk down Second Avenue unless you were dressed," Rigby recalls.
Her memories reveal a deep connection rooted in a simple fact: Overtown is the only home she's ever known.
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