Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 15th we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As a nation we commemorate the day to reflect on the principles Dr. King represented for racial equality and nonviolent change. On March 6th, 1964, Dr. King made a visit to Central Florida to conduct workshops at the Shiloh Baptist Church, where he met locals and listened to their grievances. In 1964, when Dr. King […]

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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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Explore Pioneer Village with a knowledgeable tour guide

Explore Pioneer Village with a knowledgeable tour guide

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Osceola County’s Pioneer Village with the help of our trained and knowledgeable tour guides. Osceola History is delighted to offer guided tours every Saturday, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating heritage of the region. In this blog post, we will delve into the details of the Pioneer Village tour experience. […]

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