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Midway/Canaan City

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, September 12, 2021
1. Midway/Canaan City Marker
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The migrant settlement of Midway/Canaan City was established for blacks during the celery boom of the 1920’s. However, a few blacks were residing in the area as early as 1865 - 1890. Much of Midway’s population were delivered by midwives and lived in Cameron City and the Hammocks, while others lived in Fort Reed/Sand Hill, which is now the location of Orlando/Sanford International Airport.

Each summer, migrant workers were transported from the South to work the farms and orchards in the North.

Initially, the settlement was called “The Midway Point” because two artesian wells on Sipes Avenue were used to water livestock being driven from Cameron City to the Sanford Freight yards. Later, the name was shortened to “Midway.”

A section of the Midway community became known as Canaan City. The name “Canaan Land” was derived from references
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made by two itinerant preachers, Reverend Beatty and Father Owens, from “Canaan Land,” as mentioned in the Bible.

Education began in Midway/Canaan
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By Brandon D Cross, September 12, 2021
2. Midway/Canaan City Marker (side 2)
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Community in 1906 when Mrs. Millie Morgan, a graduate of Shaw University, started a private school in her home. Later a public school was established on Midway Avenue, where the present Battern Quarters is located. The school included a tenth grade. When the old school burned, a new school was constructed at its present location, 2251 Jitway Avenue.

The community boasts the first black to graduate from the University of Florida Law School, the first black elected to city government and includes black cowboys, seven professional athletes, ministers, doctors, lawyers, educators, engineers and hard working people.
 
Erected by Seminole County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureEducationSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 28° 47.278′ N, 81° 13.859′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of Kings Road and Sipes Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Kings Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3155 Kings Road, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seminole County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Reid 1836 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Speer Grove Park (approx. 1.6 miles away);
Midway/Canaan City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 12, 2021
3. Midway/Canaan City Marker
Fort Reid (approx. 1.6 miles away); Ramey Field (approx. 1.6 miles away); NAS Sanford/City of Sanford (approx. 1.6 miles away); RVAH 12 Speartips (approx. 1.6 miles away); The North American RA-5C Vigilante (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
Also see . . .  Midway, Seminole County, Florida. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 14, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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