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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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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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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