Hannibal Square Heritage Center                          
  642 West New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 407-539-2680 Open Tues. - Thurs. noon - 4pm, Fri. noon - 5pm, Sat. 10am - 2pm
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The Hannibal Square Heritage Center Blog

The Hannibal Square Heritage Center was established in 2007 by Crealdé School of Art, in partnership with residents from the Hannibal Square community (west Winter Park) and the City of Winter Park. It is a tribute to the past, present, and future contributions of Winter Park’s historic African American community.

The Heritage Center hosts the award-winning Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park, a permanent, museum-quality exhibition of over 100 framed, archival pieces that capture the lives of Winter Park’s African-American community spanning the 20th century, and The Hannibal Square Timeline which documents significant local and national events in African American history since the Emancipation Proclamation.

The center also offers a rotating Visiting Exhibition Series, community-created public art installations, as well as educational programs and that explore the African American experience, black heritage, cultural preservation, and southern folklore.

Experience local history told
by the people who have lived it!


As part of the "Be a Part from the Start" initiative led by the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Rollins first-year students journeyed to The Hannibal Square Heritage Center—located less than a mile from campus—to learn about the history of the African American community in Winter Park.


To see a clip of the Heritage Center Historians in action,
please click here.

Events and Exhibitions

Permanent Collection:

The Heritage Collection:
Photographs and Oral Histories of West Winter Park

A unique exhibition of history told by the residents who have lived it.

Permanent Collection

Hours Open:

Tuesday - Thursday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm Friday 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
closed Mondays.

Also on display: The Sage Project:
Hannibal Square Elders Tell Their Stories
To see a brief video click here

The Sage Project is part of the permanent collection at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, with photographs by Peter Schreyer.

Next Collection Day TBA.


Visiting Exhibition:

Purvis Young: Urban Expressionist
January 24 – March 29, 2014

Miami resident Purvis Young, 1943-2010, was an African American artist who commented on the state of his Overtown community through his artwork. Using plywood, cabinet doors, and other debris tossed out by his neighbors, he created art that speaks about the present day lives of black people. A selection of his paintings and books will be on loan from Volusia County art collector Lisa Stone.

An opening night panel discussion, Exploring African American Communities through the Art of Purvis Young, will be moderated by folklorist and UCF Professor Emeritus Kristin Congdon, Ph.D. This panel will discuss the ways in which Young’s perspective of the African American community, specifically and in general, has merit. It will also address Young’s vision of making change.

The opening event begins with the panel discussion from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the adjacent Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church led by folklorist Dr. Kristin Congdon, followed by a reception with live music by the Dwayne Merrett Trio from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 24, at the Heritage Center.

Upcoming Events:

March 29
5th Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk Art and Craft Festival.

The Festival features work for sale by Florida folk and traditional craft artists, including the original Florida Highwaymen painters, as well as live folk music, soul food, and a hands-on “Kid Folk” workshop (for ages 5 and up) led by Crealdé artist Lilly Carrasquillo.

Folk Art Festival


March 31 to May 24
Spring Session of Classes and Workshop
s for adults and children, in painting, drawing, print making, stained glass, photography, jewelry, paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture.

Crealde School of Art City of Winter Park Orange County, Florida United Arts of Central Florida Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
The Hannibal Square Heritage Center is a project of the City of Winter Park and the Community Redevelopment Agency, operated by Crealdé School of Art, a non-profit organization, and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park. Crealdé School of Art is a non-profit art organization supported in part by memberships, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; United Arts of Central Florida; and various private foundations.