Rosewood in Levy County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Haunted by what had happened, Rosewood residents took a vow of silence, lived in fear and never returned to claim their property. That silence was broken seventy-one years later. In 1994 survivors, including Minnie Lee Langley, Arnett Turner Goins, and Wilson Hall, filed a claims bill in the Florida Legislature. A Special Master, an expert appointed by the Speaker of the House, ruled that the state had a “moral obligation” to compensate survivors for the loss of property, violation of constitutional rights, and mental anguish. On May 4, 1994, Governor Lawton Chiles signed a $2.1 million compensation bill. Nine survivors received $150,000 each for mental anguish, and a state university scholarship fund was established for the families of Rosewood and their descendants. A fund was also established to compensate those Rosewood families who could demonstrate property loss.
Erected 2004 by The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. and Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-497.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 29° 14.322′ N, 82° 55.958′ W. Marker is in Rosewood, Florida, in Levy County. Marker is on State Road 24, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar Key FL 32625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atlantic to Gulf Railroad (approx. 9.2 miles away); John Muir at Cedar Key (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Additional keywords. Jim Crow, terrorism
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 12,438 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. 3, 4. submitted on July 15, 2020, by Wendy Friday of Gibsonton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.