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Florida Black History Documentary Offered as Part of Movie in the Park Series

Date: May 10, 2022 Three showings of a documentary about Florida Black history are planned May 13, 14 and 20 FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2022) – In celebration of Emancipation Day in Florida May 20, the Lee County Black History Society offers free screenings of “Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots.” The movie will be shown at Roberto Clemente Park, 1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers. On Friday, May 13 [...]

September 20th, 2022|

10th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration with the Dunbar Festival Committee

Date: June 3, 2022 The Family Day in the Park recognizes one of the oldest African American recognized celebrations that mark the end of slavery in the United States The Dunbar Festival Committee and the Lee County Black History Society are partnering to host its 10th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration at Roberto Clemente Park in Fort Myers from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.  This years’ Juneteenth [...]

September 20th, 2022|

Williams Academy Black History Museum Presents 20th of May Emancipation Day Virtual Exhibit

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War, and two years after the Proclamation first issued by President Abraham Lincoln freed those enslaved in Southern states. For this reason, Emancipation Day is traditionally celebrated on.

June 2nd, 2021|

What does Emancipation Day – Winning Essay

What Emancipation Day May 20th Means to Me | Contest was sponsored by the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. “What does Emancipation Day, May 20th mean to me?”. Explain the historical significance of Emancipation Day, May 20th, 1865, and describe what this day means to you. Opportunity “We the People,” the first three words of the United States Constitution, is a potent phrase that conveys a sense of [...]

June 2nd, 2021|

Dunbar Easter Parade Founder Evelyn Sams Canady (ENCORE)

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 [...]

April 19th, 2019|

The Lee County Black History Society offers a glimpse into history

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 [...]

February 1st, 2019|

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