Pensacola, Florida Collection
Pensacola Florida is rich in culture and heritage. One of its most widely known community of great historical significance is Belmont DeVilliers. Known as 'Harlem of the South', it was a thriving African American community. This historic community was a prominent stop on the "Chitlin' Circuit"–a string of performance venues throughout the eastern and southern United States that were considered safe and acceptable for African American musicians and other entertainers to perform during the time of racial segregation. The community of Belmont DeVilliers has seen some of America's greatest entertainers perform in this historical community. It was host to a list of artists that included Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Fats Domino, B.B. King and Sam McClain just to name a few.
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