History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is an east-west thoroughfare that serves as an entrance to the City of Fort Myers. The corridor, once known as Anderson Avenue, leads from the intersection of interstate 75 to downtown Fort Myers. Located on both sides of MLK from Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard to Cranford Avenue is the Dunbar neighborhood. Dunbar, named after the famous African –American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, is the center of the African-American community in Fort Myers. In its long history, the corridor has been home to locally-owned African-American businesses, as well as a location for entertainment and cultural venues.