Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Black Community
This Black community grew as businessmen, fishermen, physicians, nurses, teachers, farmers, contractors, carpenters, laborers, drivers, masons, blacksmiths, laundry workers and railroad workers made this area their home. Along Sixth Street were pressing clubs and lunch rooms, meat and fish markets, grocery and general merchandise stores and a variety of other businesses providing goods and services for the growing community. From the time of this community’s founding, the Black residents living and working here have played a vital role in the development of both the City and the County of Sarasota.
The first Black settler here was Lewis Colson who, in 1884, assisted in surveying the Town of Sarasota. By 1886, several Black families were living here. In 1899 Lewis and Irene Colson organized the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Later, F.H. Haynes, C.H. Murphy, Campbell Mitchell and Leonard Reid organized the A.M.E. Church. In the early days school was taught by Josie Washington in her home. In 1912 a public school was established with Wright Bush, Henry Clark, Elbert Clark, J.P. Carter, Campbell
Erected 1985 by Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church ⛪ series list.
Location. 27° 20.474′ N, 82° 32.551′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of Boulevard of the Arts and Central Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Boulevard of the Arts. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rosemary Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Rosemary Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Resting Place of Pioneer Families and Hidden Histories (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edwards Theatre 1926 (approx. 0.3 miles away); John D. MacDonald 1916-1986/John D. and the Friday Liars (approx. 0.3 miles away); Seaboard Railway Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); City of Sarasota (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Martha Mission Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
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