October 26, 2002 was a proud moment in Broward County Black History. A dream was fulfilled with the official opening of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC)! AARLCC is a flagship library of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners Library Division and in 2002 it was the third public library of its kind in the nation.

Create your legacy in
Heritage Village

Secure your place in an integral part of AARLCC’s original design concept. Heritage Village includes the Village Green, Heritage Walk, Heritage Pillars, Heritage Grove, Heritage Landing and Heritage Wall, each with its own specifications and significance.

You can create a permanent legacy at Heritage Village with plaques and monuments that recognize your families, business or community organizations contributions to the community. Check out your options and purchase a plaque or monument to leave your legacy at AARLCC and raise funds for programs at AARLCC.


The Heritage Village is the area directly at the front entrance of the library/cultural center. It consists of 3 major zones paying tribute to the African and African-American fore-parents that made it possible for people of African origins to settle and prosper in the new world. These areas are the Heritage Wall, the Heritage Landing, and the Heritage Grove.

& Bronze Plaque

The Heritage Landing is an area including the steps at the main entrance. A permanent pedestal exists there now. A bronze plaque containing a concise narrative and images telling the story of how AARLCC came into existence beginning at the office of Dr. Von D. Mizell will be placed on the crown of the pedestal.

The donor’s name will be displayed on a bronze plaque placed at the base of the pedestal.

$25,000 Pledge (only 1 Available)

* (16 x 20) $25,000 Contact directly to arrange purchase

Heritage Wall

The Heritage Wall is located at the entrance to the library/cultural center as a part of the Heritage Village. This wall stands as a tribute to the commitment of the past and current bridge builders who have dedicated their time, talents and treasures into sustaining the goals of the fore-fathers and community, to remember and tell our story.

Multiple Sizes Available:
8 x 10 - $1,500
10 x 10 - $2,000
11 x 14 - $2,500
16 x 14 - $5,000



Located along the Heritage Landing and surrounding the Heritage Grove are 31 balusters, 26 of these are available to the public. These balusters will bear a 4 inches x 6 inches bronze plaque on the crown of the baluster and allow for 4 lines of the donor’s selected inscription.

1 Of  26 Available
4 x 6 Plaque - $500


Friends of The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311