Florida's Forgotten Histories: A Lecture Series
Starting January, 2020. Sponsored by:
I'm an American
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where were you born? For many Hispanics, despite being born in the United States, their citizenship is constantly called into question. Citizenship rights and civil rights run in tandem; Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karini explores how the racist Jim Crow laws and practices (1876-1965) affected the Hispanic community (1920-1950). This presentation features a Latina’s painful teenage memories about discrimination during the WW2 era, and how she voiced her rights as an American citizen.
The Destruction of Rosewood
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
In 1923, Whites in Levy County, FL, raided and burned to the ground the small all-Black town of Rosewood, based on a false allegation of rape by a White woman against a Black man. Dozens of Black residents were shot, burned to death, or lynched, and hundreds lost their property without compensation. Dr. Vincent Adejumo (U. of Florida) examines the historical significance of this massacre, and its lasting impact on the citizens of Florida.
Florida’s Female Pioneers
Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Peggy McDonald explores some of the women who shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin who kick-started Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park
Event postponed due to coronavirus: Please check back for rescheduled date