By Lillian Small
It’s the Second Reunion of Dixie Court. Residents who have lived there and current residents will celebrate with the Housing Authority for its 80th Anniversary. Dixie Court was the first of the housing authority properties and arose from the thickets and palmettos in 1938. It was touted as the “Gem of the Northwest” and centrally located in the African American community. Whether you lived there or not, the impact of Dixie Court surely was felt to some extent. It was here where many of the early teachers, preachers, nurses and other medical personnel, small business owners and store clerks lived. Together this community grew along with the City of Fort Lauderdale which had been incorporated in 1911.
The day will be spent at Dixie Court with residents from all of the housing authority proper-ties in the City of Fort Lauderdale and the community-at-large. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and feature several nostalgic short speeches throughout the day from residents who lived in Dixie Court as early as the playground with its merry—go-round shared with community children who did not live there; hurricane season that brought people who did not live there to share the homes of their friends for safety; the half day school sessions, land crabs, and the mangos, guavas, mullets. Days of simplistic living and loving neighbors who looked out for each other by lending helping hands. Dixie Court was the place to be and a plethora of memorable experiences abide in us all.
Throughout the day, live band music from a DJ will permeate the air in an un-forgettable festive cookout atmosphere. Children will enjoy the fun also with a bounce house, face painting and other activities strictly for them. Plenty of food from the Dixie Pig. Join us at Dixie Court on November 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Past That Shall Never Be Forgotten. Tickets can be purchased.