Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? And did you know that Miami is the only major US city to boast a woman founder? The Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County is sponsoring a public event to kick off Women’s History Month and to honor Julia Tuttle, the “mother of Miami.” The event will take place in the Miami City Cemetery at Tuttle’s gravesite (1800 NE 2nd Avenue) at noon on March 1. Penny Lambeth, Chair of the Cemetery Restoration Committee, will be giving a presentation dressed as Julia Tuttle. Continue reading for more information about the Coalition and this event.
The Women’s History Coalition was founded in 1983 by a group of local women with the goal of promoting Women’s History Month. It is important to note that this year marks the 25th year that the Coalition has celebrated the “Women of Impact” award, aka “the Julia.” The Coalition is proud to claim that all its programs are put on by volunteers with a common interest in promoting and preserving the history of women who have made a difference in South Florida.
For more information about the kickoff event, contact Rhoda Shirley at (305) 968-4284.
The Coalition will be hosting another event on March 5 as part of Women’s History Month. Working with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, they will be opening up their display in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center (111 NW First Street; 10:00am – 1:00pm). Penny Lambeth will be at the event portraying Julia Tuttle. The display will remain in the lobby throughout the month of March.
Vistors to Florida can learn more about Julia Tuttle on Dragonfly Expeditions’ tour Incredible Women of Miami. This experience focuses on Miami’s iconic women and shares the story of their adventures, hardships, and triumphs in creating Miami’s neighborhoods out of the wilderness. The tour takes participants to hidden and charming places where these determined women endeavored to bring culture and education to America’s last frontier. Join us in this unique experience to learn more about Julia Tuttle, Mary Brickell, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Barbara Capitman, and Amelia Earhart.