FL: For the fourth consecutive year, educational materials
are on display at City Hall, 1565 First Street, commemorating
Black History Month. The materials, which feature new items
are now available for viewing in the lobby through Wednesday,
February 29, 2012. The display includes photographs and newspaper
articles charting African-American trailblazers in Sarasota
and the history of racial integration in Sarasota County.
Multiple displays are available for public
viewing, including items documenting the achievements of athletes,
elected officials, entertainers, teachers and others who were
and are at the forefront of black achievers in our community.
One photo shows Dorothye Smith, the first African-American
Teacher of the Year and first African-American principal in
Sarasota County. Another photo depicts two of the earliest
members of Sarasota’s African-American community, Irene
and Louis Colson, who in 1897 donated land to the Bethlehem
Baptist Church which, with Louis as its first minister, also
became the center for educational, cultural and recreational
activities in the community.
The display is being organized again this
year by Sarasota residents Dorothye Smith and Mary Edmunds.
It will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through February.
For more information contact City Auditor
and Clerk Pamela