Tuesday, March 20, 2012


For a century, the underground railroad ran south, Bradenton Herald, Monday, March 18, 2012

Print edition title: "Slaves escaped south to Spanish Florida."

UNCOMING CONFERENCE: 2012 National Underground Railroad>

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Names of Black veterans omitted from Palmetto World War I memorial

Bradenton Herald, Monday, March, 12, 2012.

The names listed below by Dorothy Ann Washington are compiled in the are in the sections for Black cemeteries in Tombstone Inscriptions in Cemeteries of Manatee Co., FL, 1850-1980 compiled by Members of the Manasota Genealogical Society. Notations indicating rank, dates, and other service-related information are in the source.

1. Abner, Freeman
2. Andrews, Nathan
3. Bailey, Joe
4. Banks, Emamuel
5. Bolden, Manuel
6. Bradley, Henry
7. Brewer, Frank
8. Brewer, Patsy
9. Brittin, Francis
10. Brown, Charlie
11. Clark, Arthur
12. Daughtry, Sylvester
13. Diamond, David
14. Epps, Frank Robert
15. Hall, David
16. Hall, Ed
17. Hall, Ellis
18. Harquez, Claude
19. Helveston, Leonard
20. Houston, Arthur
21. Hunter, John
22. Hurst, Tom
23. Johnson, Willie
24. Jones, Damon
25. King, Ollie
26. King, Richard
27. McAdam, John
28. Mitchell, Ivery
29. Nixon, Arthur
30. Peeples, Lennie
31. Posey,John
32. Price,John
33. Reaves, Montie
34. Reddick, John A.
35. Rylas, Elzie
36. Sanders, Chatham Elija
37. Sharp, Ned
38. Valdez, Manuel

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Sunday, February 19, 2012


"First Black teacher Middleton recalls paving way for desegregation,"Bradenton Herald, Sunday, February 19, 2012

Other African American Voices About Desegregation in Manatee County, Florida:

Related articles, documents, websites, etc.

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Friday, November 18, 2011


"Manatee agriculture remains strong and vital" ... Celebrate heritage with annual Farm City Week", Bradenton Herald, Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As noted in the article cited above agriculture, Manatee County's second largest industry, earns $500 million in today's economy.


Vazquez, Leonard. "Reunion joins Black farmers, fond memories," Bradenton Herald (clipping of article is available in the vertical file of the Manatee County Central Library. Complete citation is not on the clipping).

Summary: Persons gathering for the reunion discussed the lack of land ownership because of others refusal to sale to many African Americans. Desiring a better life for themselves, African Americans began to move away from Ellenton, Florida to Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

United States. Census Bureau. State and county quick facts. Manatee County, Florida. Washington, D. C., 2010.


"Agriculture Department racial discrimination cases," C-Span, Aug. 4, 2010.

Summary: John Boyd talked about Senate action on the settlement of long-standing racial discrimination claims by African-American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). ...--Washington Journal (Click to see recorded program)

Black Farmers Association (Click to see website)

Jefferson, Cord. "Senate approves $1B Black farmer settlement," The Root
(Click for artlcle)

"Judge signs off settlement for Black farmers," New York Times, October 28, 2011(Click for article)

Southall, Ashley. "Black farmers settlement approved," The Caucus: The Politics and Government Blog of The Times,November 30, 2010
(Click for article)

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Sunday, November 6, 2011


"FBI says end near in civil rights-era prosecutions" by Allen G. Breed and Holbrook Mohr, Bradenton Herald, print edition, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, 13A

Names of Floridians that appear in the article cited above:

Moore, Harriette (biography)
Moore, Harry T.(biography,teacher's guide,selected letters)
Neal, Claude (see article about Neal at the following link http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article1197360.ece)

McGovern, James R. Anatomy of a lynching: the killing of Claude Neal. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982. Eaton Room 364.134 MCG

Florida statue of limitations

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