Nathan Porter funded Black youth recreation center

Nathan Porter funded Black youth recreation center

Black History Month 2021 Nathan Porter funded recreation center for Black youth in Kissimmee Census records state Nathan Porter was born in Georgia, but exactly where, when and the names of his parents are unknown. Dates for his birth vary from March 13, 1873 to May 1876, with his headstone, located in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, showing a birthdate of March 7, 1877. Nathan […]

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Naomi Winbush made education and literacy a priority

Naomi Winbush made education and literacy a priority

A cotton, rice and soybean farm in Sunflower County, Mississippi, was home to Naomi Daniel, parents Isaac and Abbie Staples Daniel and Naomi’s eight siblings. Born on April 7, 1932, she left home at the age of 16 to attend Tennessee State University, majoring in home economics, which at that time was one of the few degree options for minorities.   Although they were in college […]

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Stanley Whitted Jr. enjoyed sharing history found in old family Bible

Stanley Whitted Jr. enjoyed sharing history found in old family Bible

Stanley Henry Whitted Jr. was born in Narcoossee, Florida, on January 24, 1924, one of four children born to Stanley H. Sr. and Ella Short Whitted. When Stanley was two, Ella died – her youngest child was only seven months old. Seven years later, Stanley Sr. died; the children were separated and sent to various family members. Stanley’s Aunt Wiggins brought the Whitted children together […]

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Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Claude Earnest Woodruff Jr. was born on January 6, 1927, in one of the oldest houses in the black community of Bartow, Florida. He was the son of Claude Earnest and Lula Mae Coles Woodruff. He attended Union Academy High School in Bartow, which had been built in 1897 and was the same school his grandmother and mother attended. Upon finishing 10thgrade at the age […]

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