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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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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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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History of local Black business community

History of local Black business community

Black History Month 2021 History of local Black business community Osceola History President Russell Anderson was featured on the Kissimmee-Osceola County Chamber of Commerce‘s 15-Minute Talk on February 17, 2021. Mr. Anderson shared his memories of growing up in Kissimmee and history about the local Black business community.

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