Live Oak in Suwannee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edward Waters College Original Site
Live Oak was the birthplace of Edward Waters College, Florida's oldest black college. Here, the Rev. Charles H. Pearce, Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, envisioned an institution to educate newly-freed slaves. In 1866, aided by the Rev. William G. Steward, Florida's first AME pastor, Pearce raised funds for a school offering elementary, high school, college, and seminary level education. In 1870, the AME Church resolved to expand Pearce's school. Live Oak was chosen for the school site in 1872 due to its proximity to railroads, and 10 acres of land was purchased for the construction. Named Brown Theological Seminary, the school was renamed on 1873 to Brown University. The school relocated to Jacksonville in 1883, and in 1892, was renamed Edward Waters College in honor of the Florida AME Church's third bishop. Edward Waters College operates in Jacksonville but its roots are here in Live Oak at the site of its first building. For over 150 years, the college has played a significant role in higher education in northeast Florida, which is embodied in its alma mater, "Dear ole Edward Waters College, you're the world to me."
A Florida Heritage Site
Erected 2017 by Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr., Bishop of the 11th Episcopal District, Tony D. Hansberry, Presiding
Location. 30° 17.925′ N, 82° 58.673′ W. Marker is in Live Oak, Florida, in Suwannee County. Marker is on Lisle Avenue north of Clay Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Live Oak FL 32064, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lynnette Ricketson Millennium Park (approx. half a mile away); The Good Old Days (approx. 7.1 miles away); Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville (approx. 13.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Edward Waters College. (Submitted on January 21, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.