Kendall Children’s Home

January 7, 1961 - 11395 SW 79 Street – Dade County leased this facility to the Catholic Welfare Bureau for a dollar a year. It had been the County’s home for Black children. The County had desegregated its facilities the previous summer.

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It had sixty beds in two dormitories, four classrooms, and a small administration building. It opened with lay house parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pruna, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Porto. The Ursuline Sisters looked after the girls for a couple of months, then the St. Philip Neri Sisters. The Piarist Fathers were followed by the Marist Brothers until March of 1963, when it was reclaimed by the County Welfare Department. The Marist Brothers and the boys moved to former Marine Corps barracks at Opalocka Airport. Kendall is now a Metropolitan Dade County Park, “Indian Hammocks Park.” Some of the buildings are used by the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Miami Dade Department of Human Resources-Children’s Center.

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