Oral History Film Project

The Oral History & Documentary Film Project complies oral history archives and produces film documentaries to preserve the cultural and social history of low-income communities of color in South Florida through a partnership with Ransom Everglades High School. Since 2010, the project has produced five films documenting the history of Coconut Grove Village West, public school segregation in Miami-Dade County, and environmental injustice in the City of Miami. 


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List of Past Films & Chapbooks 

2014 Film: “Old Smokey: A Community History” 
This film looked at the history of Old Smokey, the former incinerator, which operated from 1925 to 1970, and its environmental health impact on the West Grove community. “A second extended version of the film will be produced in early 2015. Thanks for watching.” -Anthony V. Alfieri, Professor and Director, Center for Ethics & Public

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2013 Film: “Someday We’ll All Be Free: The Desegregation of Miami” 
In this film students documented the struggles of integration.
Film ChapbookRead the biographies of the participants in the film and detailed information on this critical project.


2012 Film: “G.W. Carver: A Community School” 
This film focuses on Carver from its inception more than a century ago to its integration in the wake of the Civil Rights Act.
Film ChapbookRead about the bios, school and this documentary film project which focused on a local school in Coconut Grove.

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2011 Film: “History of Churches in the West Grove: Past, Present and Future” 
The film highlights the histories of approximately ten out of the sixteen Historic Black churches of the West Grove.

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2010 Film: “West Coconut Grove: Past, Present and Future” 
This first documentary reveals stories told by respected elders of the West Grove.

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Mailing Address
University of Miami School of Law
Center for Ethics & Public Service
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-8087

Street Address:
1311 Miller Drive, Room G287
Coral Gables, FL 33146-8087
Phone: 305-284-3934
Fax: 305-284-1588
E-mail: Ebonie Carter, ecarter1@law.miami.edu

Anthony V. Alfieri is Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) and Founder and Director of the Historic Black Church Program.