African American Sites in Florida
Much of the history of the sites offered in this book is positive—the many churches, lodges, schools, and businesses that played a role in the history of Florida blacks. But other sites are an indictment of the racism that permeated much of our past: the lynching trees, the inferior facilities forced upon blacks, and the burial sites of slaves. If we can learn more about our past, both the good and the not-so-good, we can make better decisions in the future. And we will know the importance of preserving the one-room schools, the battlefields, the community colleges, and the many other places that have remained neglected for too long.
Behind the hundreds of sites in this book are the courageous African Americans like Brevard County’s Malissa Moore, who hosted many Saturday night dinners to raise money to build a church, and Miami-Dade’s Gedar Walker, who built the first-rate Lyric Theater for black performers. And of course also featured are the more famous black Floridians like Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Mary McCleod Bethune, and Ray Charles.
Kevin McCarthy recently retired from teaching in the English Department at the University of Florida after 37 years. He has had 36 books published, including these by Pineapple Press: African Americans in Florida, Twenty Florida Pirates, Thirty Florida Shipwrecks, Native Americans in Florida, and Apalachicola Bay. He also published African Americans at the University of Florida.
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