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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A Special Talent

A Special Talent

When born to Alabama farm laborer Jolly Bracy and his wife Easter in 1897, James Charles “Charlie” was blessed with a special talent.  In 1920, Charlie, wife Queenie and young son Walter lived in Jasper County, Texas where he worked in the turpentine industry.  According to his son Walter “Doc”, the family moved to Osceola County, Florida in 1925 where Charlie used his special talent […]

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Goldie King

Goldie King

No time for playing Washington “Wash” and Lucinda Tyson worked hard and raised their children to do the same.  One of the eight children born to Wash and Lucinda was Goldie, born on August 2, 1919 in Alabama.  The family moved to Kissimmee, Florida between 1920 and 1930.  Wash was a section foreman for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, and while Lucinda did laundry, one […]

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St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

St. James AME Zion Church traces history to late 1800s

Black History Month 2021 St. James AME Zion Church St. James African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church has existed since Osceola County’s earliest days.  The exact year of the church’s founding varies according to available records. In the mid to late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid people to compile reports of church histories. The WPA report states St. James AME Zion was constituted […]

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