Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker was raised in Kissimmee, Florida. His character was often described as having strong family values, love for the culture of the south and love for his country. He was known for his successes while flying in the Army Air Corps during WWII and his bravery. Thacker completed only one semester of Law School at the University of Florida when he left school […]

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Citrus groves

Citrus groves

In Florida, the Native Americans carried oranges with them, left from the Spanish, and droppedtheir seeds in heavily forested areas. Early settlers of Florida planted orange groves inparticularly near newly developed settlements. Citrus today is one of the major fruit crops ofthe western hemisphere. Many orange grove plantings were set among the waterways of Florida where the watertransportation to other states was easily accessible. In […]

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Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell was a part of the first graduating class at Kissimmee High School in 1945. She is remembered in the community for opening a preschool just for African American children. In 1946, communities in Osceola County were still segregated. Education did not begin for African American children until the first grade. After attending Bethune Cookman College in Daytona for a brief period, Margaret […]

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Xavier Pinellas

Xavier Pinellas

Xavier Pinellas spent his college days fighting for equal rights and working for the rights of his people in his native town, Kissimmee, Florida. Xavier was the founder of a non-profit organization called Project Reach, which started in 1977. It was a low-cost counseling and tutoring service for the black community in Osceola County at the time. There, he tutored over 200 kids, helped 35 […]

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