MIAMI – After 11 years of exhaustive efforts and a $145,000.00 grant from The Miami-Dade Task Force on Urban Economic Rehabilitation, the Bethel House African-Bahamian Museum, the homestead of one of Perrine’s earliest Bahamian settlers, will re-open its doors to the general public on December 18, 2006, at 10 a.m.
Bethel House is located at 18201 SW 103 Court, Perrine Florida, 33157. Admission is free although donations are accepted.
The Bethel House has been revived to its former glory and will serve as a cultural center for residents of Perrine and the surrounding areas. It will function as an economic and cultural entity that will display exhibits and archival collection on African-Bahamian lifestyle.
The facility, a wood-frame structure, was built in the early 1900s and had fallen into disrepair. It was scheduled for demolition 1995 when Helen Gage, a longtime Perrine resident and community activist, saved it from the wrecking ball.