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<p>Jazz singer Billie Holiday (standing far left) at Georgette’s Tea Room, a favorite gathering place for the black social elite in Miami. </p>

Jazz singer Billie Holiday (standing far left) at Georgette’s Tea Room, a favorite gathering place for the black social elite in Miami.

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From riches to rags

Brownsville’s historic Georgette’s Tea House crumbling

The once elegant rooms are now decorated with pigeon droppings. Termites infest the closets that held designer coats and shoes of the rich and famous. The kitchen, once a hub for sophisticated dinner parties is rotting away from a leaky roof. The porch, where legendary singer Billie Holiday once stood, is now the makeshift bed of a homeless person.