The Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN) is a professional association organized in 2001 by the John Gilmore Riley Center Museum.
FAAHPN serves as an informational and technical assistance resource in response to a growing interest in preserving Florida’s African American culture, that of the African Diaspora and that of other related ethnically diverse historic resources globally.
The Florida Black Heritage Trail Guide is a publication produced by FAAHPN that details a microcosm of African American landmarks and legacies that exist in various locations throughout the state of Florida. Though much of Florida’s African American History has been lost, this publication demonstrates a growing interest in documenting and preserving all that remains.
The North Law Firm, P.A. was founded more than three decades ago. The founder, Joe North Sr., was born and raised in the Dunbar community, only a block away from the current site of the Black History Museum. Led by Attorney Joe North Sr., his son Attorney Joseph North Jr., and supported by a talented legal team, the law firm advocates for justice on behalf if its clients, and also advocates for the preservation and celebration of the rich history of the Dunbar community.
The School District of Lee County is the ninth largest district in Florida and the 32nd largest school district in the United States. We proudly educate approximately 94,000 students in grades PK-12.
The District is a model for others in the State and across the nation – from being home to the world’s first Microsoft Certified High School (Dunbar High School), a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (The Sanibel School) and one of the top International Baccalaureate (I.B.) high schools in the world (Fort Myers High School), we are preparing our students to compete in a high-skilled, global economy.
Schools in Lee County play a key role in community life. With approximately 12,000 full- and part-time employees, the District is one of the county’s largest employers, and with the District’s construction program, building new schools and renovating and expanding existing facilities, the District has been the area’s largest developer.
Florida Humanities CARES provides vital funding to support general operating expenses for our most vulnerable cultural organizations and communities, so that they can continue to provide opportunities for our state’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time and in the future.