Dana A Dorsey

  • American

Realtor Capitalist

Dana Albert Dorsey was a businessman, banker and philanthropist who is as notable as one of the first Black millionaires in Florida and the American South.

Notable Position Organization From To
Carpenter for Florida East Coast Railroad and the Royal Palm Hotel Florida East Coast Railway 1896


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1872/00/00 Dana Albert Dorsey, first child in his family not be born into slavery, is born in Quitman, Georgia. The son of former slaves, Dana will go on to receive only a fourth-grade education. Born Quitman, GA Georgia
1900/00/00 Mr Dorsey takes advantage of Henry Flagler's land sales and buys $25 lots, one at a time, in Colored Town near the Seaboard Station and Coconut Grove. Building shotgun style rental homes with scrap lumber, he reinvest his profits by building more. Business Overtown
1913/00/00 Dana A Dorsey designs and builds a frame Vernacular home for his new bride, Rebecca Livingston. Home D A Dorsey House Miami, Fl
1917/00/00 During the era of segregation, Dana and his wife Rebecca sell a block of land to the City of Miami for a park for African-Americans. Dorsey Park is located on NW 17th St and 1st Ave. Benefactor
1917/04/06 After America joins the Great War, Dana Dorsey becomes the registrar for "colored" men in Dade County. Work
1918/00/00 Dana Dorsey buys Fisher Island from Herman B Walker to develop an upscale black resort with a hotel and cottages for well-to-do men of his own race. Business Miami Beach, Fl Florida
1919/00/00 Dana Dorsey sells Fisher Island, a barrier island located just south of Miami Beach, to Carl G Fisher. Business Miami Beach, Fl Florida
1940/00/00 Dana A Dorsey dies in 1940. Flags all over Miami are lowered to half-staff. Died
1941/08/13 The Dorsey Memorial Library in Miami opens, built on land donated by Dana Dorsey shortly before his death. Benefactor
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