Lamar Fort known as pioneer in Point-4 Program

Lamar Fort known as pioneer in Point-4 Program

Black History Month 2021 Lamar Fort improved farming practices at home and abroad Born in Live Oak, Florida, on October 6, 1909, Lamar Edward Fort was the son of Pattie and Carrie Thomas Fort. Being part of a farming family appears to have instilled in Lamar a love of agriculture and the soil.   Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Florida A […]

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Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Black History Month 2021 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Founded by Rev. Sam Hadley, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was formed on January 14, 1885, two years prior to Osceola becoming a county. Sources differ on where the first church building was erected. One source states the corner of Brack and Walnut Streets while another places it on Palmway and Walnut. A news article […]

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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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National Register of Historic Places

National Register of Historic Places

Osceola County has nine sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Osceola County Courthouse The Osceola County Courthouse was completed on May 6, 1890, for approximately $25,000, and is possibly the oldest courthouse in Florida to be used continuously for county governmental purposes. This Romanesque Revival brick structure is indicative of many courthouses built in the United States during the late 19thcentury. It […]

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