This Sunday marks the Easter Holiday and here in Southwest Florida residents are gearing up for a long-held tradition in Fort Myers that today attracts tens of thousands of people: The Dunbar Easter Parade. This week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to the legendary local woman who founded the parade74 years ago. Evelyn Sams Canady was an educator as well as an important civic and religious leader in the region. She also helped found Dunbar High School and the Dr. Ella Piper Center. Her bio paints a picture of a passionate educator whose lessons extended well beyond the [...]
The Williams Academy Black History Museum unveiled a new exhibit honoring the oldest predominantly black churches in Fort Myers, all more than a century old. Lee County Black History Society told WINK News about how the museum tells its own story Friday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Friday is the start of Black History Month, and we want to share with you the history of some African American heritage in Southwest Florida. The Lee County Black History Society building is the perfect way to kick off the celebration. It’s located at 1936 Henderson Avenue in Fort Myers, and the building was actually the first government-funded black school in Fort Myers. Inside, there are walls of historical moments and displays. There is also a replica of the authentic classroom and wall of teachers and principals who served there.