Black Voices

The Black Voices series features stories from matriarchs, thought leaders and historians from the Black Coconut Grove community.

While quarantine remains in effect, these are recorded remotely as audio recordings as a direct response to the racial tensions brought to light by the murder of George Floyd. They are one of the ways Vizcaya has decided to highlight Black voices in our community and these reflections ensure we continue to capture and share these important stories.

Check back for new episodes to come over the next few weeks.


EPISODE 1 | Black Self-Made Millionaire

While the concept a self-made millionaire is already impressive by today’s standards, it is even more so for a Black man to have achieved during segregation.

Listen as Mrs. Carol Ann Davis Henely Bird and in the mid-late 1900s (not 1800s) proudly shares the story of her grandfather – E.W.F Stirrup Sr., a self-made Black millionaire and a pillar of the Black Grove community in the mid to late 1800s.



Regardless of the color of your skin, there’s one thing many of us Miamians have in common – an immigrant background. Whether you’re first, second or 10th generation, you carry your elders’ hopes for a better life.

In this episode, Mrs. Leona Louise Cooper Baker speaks her parents’ dreams for her and their family.


EPISODE 3 | dr. ira p. davis

Time to meet the unofficial Mayor of Colored Town, Dr. Ira P. Davis. Dr. Davis was a community leader and forerunner of the human rights movement in Coconut Grove.

Who better to make this introduction than his own daughter, Carol Henley, VP of the G. W. Carver High School Alumni. Let’s have a listen.