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An inside look at Historic Hampton House

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 10:02:37-05

“One in Miami” tells the story of one incredible night in 1964 where Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Malcolm X, and Sam Cooke gathered to celebrate one of Ali's first wins.

Most of the film takes place at the Historic Hampton House, which is located right in our backyard of Miami.

This historic landmark has been open since the 50s. Some of the world’s most influential entertainers, athletes, and civil rights leaders have visited, performed, and made history at Historic Hampton House. One of them being Muhammad Ali where he used to call the Historic Hampton House, home.

“A lot of people don’t know but Ali lived here in Miami so he stayed here literally between the late 60s, early 70s. So, he was a regular here at the Historic Hampton House prior to winning the championship of the world’ says Edwin Sheppard, Marketing Director, Historic Hampton House

The Historic Hampton House plays a pivotal role in "One Night in Miami". Previously a motel and villa, Ali, Brown, Malcom X and Cooke felt safe at Historic Hampton House during a time where there was racial injustice in the United States.

“At the time, the go-to spot was the Fountainbleu on Miami Beach but at the time Blacks weren’t allowed to stay at the Fountainbleu. So the Historic Hampton House was another option for the gentlemen to stay. And just to have to good time,” says Sheppard.

Preserved with so much history, the building was set to be demolished in 2015 but thanks to the efforts of Miami-Dade county and Dr. Enid C. Pinkney the building was saved,

Regina King directed film will spotlight Historic Hampton House not as a setting but as an important character in history.

“I think more enough we see these four men vulnerable to each other. We see the boys, we see their feelings, they’re emotional, the funny, the intensity. And how important that just having a conversation about the future and what that means. And having Historic Hampton House as the backdrop, they call it the Jewel of The South, they called it the place where Black people can come and be safe. It’s imperative to note that you can still have that. We want to you come and step back in time to 1964 and remember a time when, while you on the walk to the future, admire and adore the history,” Imani Warren, Director, Historic Hampton House.

If you want to take a tour of the Historic Hampton House you can book your tour here

And "One Night in Miami" is now out in theaters and will be released on amazon prime video on January 15th