African-American Wedding Traditions

African-American Wedding Traditions

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we have spent several months taking a look at common wedding traditions.  Since February is celebrated as Black history month, we thought we would look at wedding traditions that originate in Africa. This is one in our multi-part mini-series examining wedding traditions and their origins. Some of the most meaningful traditions […]

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Lawrence Silas

Lawrence Silas

Lawrence was born in Kenansville, Florida, on November 8, 1891, to former Georgia slave Tom Silas and his wife Elizabeth, the sixth of thirteen children. Because it was a rural area, Tom built a school and hired a teacher so his children could receive an education.  Upon Tom’s death in 1905, Lawrence, aged fourteen, took over his father’s estate of 160 acres. Having learned the cattle business […]

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Minnie L. “Mama” Greggs

Minnie L. “Mama” Greggs

The only child of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Williams, Minnie was born in Ocala on March 6, 1890.  Following the death of her father during a circus high wire act, Minnie moved to Kissimmee with her mother in 1903.  Minnie stopped attending school upon arriving in Kissimmee when a doctor said if she were “confined to school, she would go blind” due to an unknown condition she’d had […]

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