The exhibition, titled “The Art of Soulebrity” will run through April 15
HistoryMiami Museum is honoring Overtown’s own legendary “Soul Man,” Sam Moore, with an exhibition. The exhibition, titled “The Art of Soulebrity,” focuses on his work throughout the decades and will be open to the public in the museum’s community gallery for free until April 15, 2018.
On display will be Moore’s 1968 Grammy award and 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction piece, as well as a Bruce Springsteen hat from a performance they did together in 2012. The museum will also showcase art, including digital art reproduced with archival ink on museum acrylic by artist Brigitte Andrade, and other iconic items related to the Civil Rights Movement in Miami.
“I am flattered that HistoryMiami Museum is honoring my legacy by creating an exhibition. I am also looking forward to sharing my experience growing up in Overtown during such a pivotal time in American history,” said Sam Moore.
Moore rose to international stardom in the 1960s and his influence is still felt today. Aside from singing at packed concert halls, partnering with famous artists such as Elton John and receiving countless awards, Moore was also an activist. He was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King and frequently traveled with him to concerts and rallies. Moore even served as the opener for the rallies, and would use his vocal talent to get the crowds excited to hear Dr. King speak.
“HistoryMiamiMuseum is proud to host this exhibition, as it is our mission to preserve and tell Miami’s stories. It is imperative that influential figures who fought for equality, like Sam Moore, are honored. It is only fitting that we acknowledge and reflect upon this time during Black History Month,” said HistoryMiami Museum Director Jorge Zamanillo.
Moore will also speak at the museum’s sold-out talk on February 22, 2018, which will examine music’s role during the Civil Rights Movement. He will be joined by Dr. Marvin Dunn, Miami historian, civil rights activist and former chairman of the Department of Psychology at Florida International University.
Dr. Dunn will speak about the soul music that was first written and performed in Miami’s Overtown and the important black stars who began their musical journeys in the Magic City. The lecture, which will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at HistoryMiami Museum is a part of HistoryMiami Museum’s “A People’s History of South Florida” program series, which is made possible by the Marcia J. Kanner Memorial Fund.
Museum Hours & Fees: Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday, closed.
Regular museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $5 for children 6-12, and free for members and children under 6.
About HistoryMiami Museum
HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through education, collections, research, exhibitions, publications and City Tours. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, HistoryMiami Museum is a 70,000 square foot facility and home to more than one million historical images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920’s trolley car, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami. For more information, call 305-375-1492 or visit historymiami.org.