Florida Senate - 2015                            (NP)    SR 1596
       By Senator Thompson
       12-01792-15                                           20151596__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the 11th anniversary of the
    3         Haitian Heritage Museum.
    5         WHEREAS, incorporated on March 3, 2004, as the only museum
    6  of its kind in the United States, the Haitian Heritage Museum is
    7  a nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to preserving,
    8  interpreting, and celebrating the rich historic contributions of
    9  Haiti, and
   10         WHEREAS, the Haitian Heritage Museum was established to
   11  showcase the key roles that Haitians and Haitian Americans have
   12  played in the history of the Americas, including trapper Jean
   13  Baptiste Point du Sable, who settled on the shore of Lake
   14  Michigan and established a trading post along the river at a
   15  point that would later become the City of Chicago; renowned poet
   16  and playwright Félix Morisseau-Leroy, a father of the Creole
   17  Renaissance; and the many nameless brave individuals who rose up
   18  and fought in the Haitian Revolution, which has often been
   19  described as the largest and most successful slave rebellion in
   20  the Western Hemisphere, and
   21         WHEREAS, located in Miami’s internationally known “Design
   22  District,” the Haitian Heritage Museum houses a growing
   23  collection of paintings and artifacts and has provided art
   24  exhibitions, cultural arts events, and educational programming
   25  as platforms to inspire and enrich South Florida’s cultural
   26  diversity and community development within the arts, and
   27         WHEREAS, in the past 11 years, numerous job opportunities
   28  have been created through culturally relevant partnerships with
   29  the local community, and a multitude of students from Miami-Dade
   30  County have visited the museum, and
   31         WHEREAS, inspired by the need to link the Haitian diaspora,
   32  dedicated to serving as a cultural epicenter for not only
   33  Haitian Americans of South Florida but Haitians and Haitian
   34  Americans throughout the United States and abroad, and committed
   35  to creating a legacy for future generations of young Haitian
   36  Americans, the Haitian Heritage Museum continues to serve as a
   37  catalyst for urban revitalization, NOW, THEREFORE,
   39  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   41         That the Haitian Heritage Museum is honored on the occasion
   42  of its 11th anniversary, commended for its efforts in honoring
   43  and celebrating the important contributions of Haitian
   44  Americans, and wished future success in all of its endeavors.