The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum invites guests and friends to celebrate Black History Month in February with a special ride aboard its “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour. The tour begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13. The cost is $20 per person. Part of the tour focuses on the West Settlers’ District, the only historical region of Delray Beach dedicated to the African- American settlers and pioneers of the city. The museum, home to educational leader Solomon D. Spady, and the former La France Hotel, are highlights of the West Settlers’ District. The La France Hotel, now an apartment complex for seniors, used to be the “home away from home” for black performers, who were unable to stay at any other South Florida lodging, due to segregation. An exhibit on the La France Hotel is currently on display at the Spady Museum.
“The tour is a wonderfully interactive way to learn about the contributions of African-Americans and other cultures to the landscape of Delray Beach,” said Museum Director Charlene Jones. “The history and relationship of the races combine to create some fascinating stories that appeal to all age groups. It’s a great way to celebrate Black History Month.” Now in its seventh year, the “Ride & Remember” has added the Colony Hotel and the Sandoway House Nature Center to its various stops.
About the “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour: Normally held on the second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, the tour takes riders through the city’s five historic districts. Riders will tour the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, Old School Square and select historic sites for a closer look at the fascinating history of Delray Beach. In addition to February’s tour date, upcoming tour dates include Wednesday, February 13, Saturday, March 9, Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, May 11. To reserve a spot, call 561- 279-8883 or visit www.spadymuseum.org.