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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Welcome to Crealdé's Hannibal Square Heritage Center!

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 more than 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.

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:

Quilt by Louisiana Bendolph

Louisiana Bendolph, "Housetop Variation," 2006, cotton; on exhibit at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center as part of The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America

September 11–January 18, 2016

The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America
Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections

At both the Hannibal Square Heritage Center
and the Alice & William Jenkins Gallery on the Crealdé main campus

Crealdé will be one of the first U.S. hosts for this internationally traveled exhibition of quilts, which was originally sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and toured in China before coming to the U.S.

Folklorist Teresa Hollingsworth and curator Katy Malone of South Arts in Atlanta selected artists with diverse backgrounds and paths that led them to quiltmaking, including Native American quilter Bonnie LeBeau from South Dakota; Dottie Moore of North Carolina, a longtime fiber artist who depicts scenes from nature; Erick Wolfmeyer of Iowa, whose quilts are inspired by the Midwest landscape; and Louisiana Bendolph from Alabama, following the tradition of Gee’s Bend quilts.

Hannibal Square Heritage Center also will host this two-venue exhibition, which features Mid-Florida Quiltmakers: Commemorations and Connections, curated by folklorist and author Dr. Kristin Congdon, UCF Professor Emerita. This juried exhibition comprises 15 stunning quilts, variously stitched by quilters who have made Florida their home. These quilters, both traditional and innovative, explore color, composition, and storytelling in ways that will delight and engage diverse audiences.

The September 11 opening-night festivities begin with the presentation “Unraveling Quilts: Roots and Wings” by Teresa Hollingsworth and Dr. Kristin Congdon, from 6–7 p.m. in the Jenkins Gallery on the Crealdé main campus. The reception follows from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Jenkins Gallery, and then continues with live music by The Cats in the House Blues Band featuring Maurice Fields from 8:30–10 p.m. at Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Free.


September 12
“Understanding the Quilts of Gee’s Bend” with Matt Arnett, Louisiana Bendolph and Rita Mae Pettway
Share the history and the importance of the legacy of the quilts of Gee’s Bend. The presenters will discuss the quilts within the larger Southern African-American visual art traditions, including Mid-Florida. Matt Arnett is an Atlanta-based photographer, filmmaker and researcher, and the co-founder of Tinwood Media. Louisiana Bendolph and Rita Mae Pettway are both Gee’s Bend Quilters. 10–11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Winter Park Public Library, Third Floor Meeting Room. Free.

September 26, 11 a.m.; October 17, 2 p.m.; October 31, 11 a.m.
Readings from Children’s Books
Introduce children to the art of quilting and the different cultural traditions associated with this enduring American folk art form. A different book will be shared at each event, including The Quiltmaker’s Gift, The Patchwork Quilt, The Quilting Bee and Luka’s Quilt. Join us Saturdays, at the Winter Park Public Library, Community Room. Free.

“The Sum of Many Parts” is a Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for these exhibitions and programs was provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program; the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Winter Park; and a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Special Event:

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9, from 5-7 p.m., for the dedication of the lifecast sculpture of Mr. Richard Hall Jr., decorated Tuskegee Airman, who was raised in the Hannibal Square neighborhood. Artist Rigoberto Torres and Mr. Hall will be on-hand for the unveiling.

Mr. Hall lifecast with Rigoberto Torres

Mr. Hall lifecast with Rigoberto Torres

Mr. Hall lifecast sculpture with Rigoberto Torres


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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.