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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]