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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Homeschool Spirit Week 2020

Homeschool Spirit Week 2020

In recognition of International Homeschool Spirt Week (September 21-25, 2020) Osceola History is offering special tours and discounts for homeschool educators. Guided Tour – Wednesday, Sept. 23 One of our docents will accompany you through the village and share information about each structure. Available 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $16 for a family of 4 + $4 each additional person Group rates apply for 10+ […]

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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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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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