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Dorsey Memorial Library

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::  Dorsey Memorial Library
100 NW 17th Street
Year Built: 1941
Architects/Builder: Paist and Steward/M. R. Harrison Construction Co.
Date Designated: 2003

a. Historic photograph of the Dorsey Memorial Library, date unknown.

Dana A. Dorsey, one of Miami's most prominent black businessmen and philanthropists, donated the land for the Dorsey Memorial Library just 15 days before his death. This simple Masonry Vernacular building, designed by the prominent firm of Paist and Steward, was the second library in Miami built for the use of African-Americans and the first city-owned building constructed specifically as a library.

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