Arthur McDuffie State Historical Marker Unveiled

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioners Keon Hardemon and René García, and City of Miami Commissioner Christine King, joined the McDuffie family and the Miami-Dade Office of Historic Preservation to unveil the Arthur Lee McDuffie State Historical Marker.

In an event attended by community advocates and historians who have long awaited this historic moment, the ceremony presented the State-approved historic marker honoring the life of Arthur McDuffie – an African American father of three young children and former U.S. Marine – and his tragic death in 1979 when he was only 33 years old.

As the Office of Historic preservation continues to support expanded research and scholarship in preservation that reflects an inclusive history and experiences of our diverse community, the recognition of pivotal moments that resonate with the growth and change of our communities is essential.

“With the unveiling of the Arthur Lee McDuffie State Historical Marker, we are given an opportunity to recognize Mr. McDuffie and the life he led here in Miami – to remind us that he was more than just a flashpoint in Miami’s history,” said Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Chief Sarah Cody. “As the Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation works to tell the full stories of our past, we are honored to have had the opportunity to work with the McDuffie family to help tell their father’s story.”

Read Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s full press release.

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