Where modern hospitality meets historical culture

MIAMI’S DUNNS-JOSEPHINE HOTEL IN HISTORIC OVERTOWN SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY

June 1, 2020

MIAMI’S DUNNS-JOSEPHINE HOTEL IN HISTORIC OVERTOWN SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY BY HOUSING THE HOMESLESS DURING THE PANDEMIC

When the need for sheltering the homeless during the pandemic became an emergency, the Dunns-Josephine Hotel opened their doors and welcomed them with open arms.

“Kristin Kitchen, the owner, stepped forward,” said Ronald L. Book Esq., Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, “agreeing to take homeless individuals off the streets during this very difficult time of the pandemic.

Kristin, your entire staff, your partners –

Thank you for being a humanitarian.

Thank you for stepping up and being nothing short of a hero to me.”

“Overtown is changing…it’s makeup of people is changing,” says Dunns-Josephine hotelier and historian Kristin Kitchen.

As new businesses, we have to make decisions when we come into communities about how we view people.  It’s about humanness and respect. The community from day 1 embraced us."

Most who live on the streets knocked on the door and told me they were proud of me.

‘You really brought your best to us … this is what we need … our story, our history.’

When the pandemic came there was no hesitation. Community tourism is a part of our brand mission … to offer our best in good times and bad.”

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Gwendolyn Bennett
Gwendolyn Bennett- (1902-1981) Poet, short-story writer, columnist, journalist, illustrator, graphic artist, arts educator, teacher and administrator on the New York City Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project (1935-1941). Gwendolyn Bennett was one of the most versatile figures to participate actively in the 1920s Black Arts Movement. From 1923 to 1931, Gwendolyn Bennett started a support group that provided a warm, supportive place for the young writers of Harlem. Members included Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Eric Walrond, Helene Johnson, Wallace Thurman, Richard Bruce Nugent, Aaron Douglas, Alta Douglass, Rudolph Fisher and Zora Neale Hurston.

With a passion for creative arts, Bennett became the first African-American member of her school’s theater and literature student organizations. She attended Columbia University’s Teacher College, though she transferred to Pratt Institute, graduating in 1924. She joined the faculty at Howard University for a time before receiving funding to travel to Paris, taking coursework at the Sorbonne and Julian Academy.

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Whether you are local or visiting, the history of Miami continues to grow. Dunn-Josephine offers a learning experience that will play a significant part in your life's history.

Wi-Fi

High speed internet  along with exciting new technology designed for the hospitality market.

Cable Television

Local and national television enjoyment.

Breakfast

Complimentary continental breakfast each morning. *Please make us aware of special needs*

Priceless History

Library featuring local and national historical figures.

Shea Butter

Experience our hand-crafted, eco-friendly shea butter.

Wine

Complimentary bottle of our signature wines.

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We Have Rooms Available!

We also invite you to our Zebra Room for small gatherings, entertainment and a lesson in history.

Find Us

1028 NW 3rd Ave
Miami, FL 33136

Phone

877-571-9311
513-477-7781

E-Mail Us

staywithus@dunns-josephinehotel.com