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DeFuniak Springs in Walton County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Florida Education Association: The Beginning

 
 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
1. Florida Education Association: The Beginning Marker
Inscription. Florida teachers and administrators numbering 700 met here in Chautauqua Hall for a "teachers institute" called the Florida Chautauqua. The meeting was called to order by J.A. Graham, City Superintendent of Schools, Key West, at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday March 4, 1886. The major purpose of the gathering was a short but intensive training period mainly in subject matter fields, for many teachers were mere "grammar school grads." Here was the beginning of the Florida Education Association.

A separate black teachers' association was formed in 1890. On July 1, 1966 the black and white organizations merged. The name Florida Education Association was continued for this combined organization, and in 1975, the work "United" was added when FEA and Florida's American Federation of Teachers merged.

The Florida Education Association has become a symbol of the achievements of the past and an inspiration to those who will promote excellence for Florida's public schools, colleges, and universities in the future.
 
Erected 1986 by Walton County Education Association, Florida Education Association/United, in cooperation with the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-307.)
 
Location. 30° 43.033′ N, 86° 6.962′ 
Florida Education Association: The Beginning Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 27, 2010
2. Florida Education Association: The Beginning Marker
W. Marker is in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in Walton County. Marker is at the intersection of Circle Drive and West Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Circle Drive. Click for map. Located near the north end of the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood / Walton County Chamber of Commerce. Marker is in this post office area: Defuniak Springs FL 32435, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Walton-DeFuniak Library (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florida's First Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walton County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cosson Family Tragedy (approx. 5.6 miles away); Eucheeanna Community (approx. 6.7 miles away); Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church And Cemetery (approx. 8.1 miles away); Knox Hill Academy (approx. 10.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in DeFuniak Springs.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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