As we celebrate Black History Month, WFSU Public Media will feature a story a day, covering the important role African-Americans have had in shaping the state’s culture. Join us as we explore the richness and cultural legacy of the black experience in Florida and beyond.
From the vibrancy and longevity of Florida’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to the hidden stories behind some of the state’s most popular destinations, we look at how far the our region has come in recognizing the contributions of African-Americans and examine the work still left to be done.
Come back each day in February for a new story.
Tallahassee has many sites of significance to African-American history and the struggle for equal rights. But many more such locations may yet to be properly preserved, or at least acknowledged.Read More
Across Florida, long-forgotten cemeteries are being rediscovered, in some cases centuries after being lost to development. One was recently found in Tallahassee.Read More
There are now three new inductees in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. They range from the author of the Black National Anthem to another who is hailed as the "father of St. Augustine’s civil rights movement."Read More
Legendary poet and activist Maya Angelou died Wednesday, but three years ago Tallahassee played host to the famed writer for an evening of song and lecture at Florida A&M University.Read More
Lieutenant Colonel George Hardy is the youngest member of the Tuskegee Airmen. Thursday, he spoke at Florida A&M University. The discussion focused on racial segregation and what took place shortly after it was outlawed.Read More
Death, pain, and heartache followed four African American families for generations after four men were accused of raping a white teenager in Groveland in 1949. 70 years later came a pardon for this "crime" and peace for a new generation as new evidence comes to light.Read More
With the passing of the civil rights act in 1964, integration has been repeatedly used as a reason to close historically black Institutions. This story explores how the creation and closing of one African American hospital on the Florida A & M Campus impacted a local community.Read More
Smokey Hollow was an African-American community a few blocks east of the state capitol building, existing from reconstruction through the days of segregation. Urban renewal brought the demise of the neighborhood in the 1960s.Read More
As an old neighborhood in Tallahassee is being demolished to extend a new road called FAMU Way, some call the changes progress. It’s the latest effort to make improvements to a poor area of the city near the historically black Florida A&M University.Read More
After purchasing a wrecked house for back taxes, FAMU Alumnus Cornelius Jones stumbles upon what was once football legend Jake Gaither’s house. Delve into the legacy Gaither left behind and how he was a hero to the Tallahassee community.Read More
November 29th marked 50 years since the first time a black school and white school in the south faced off on the football field. The matchup featured Florida A&M University and the University of Tampa. Now, a documentary about the life of FAMUs legendary football coach Jake Gaither is in the works.Read More
For an artist, it’s a challenge trying to recreate scenes of a bygone past, especially when there aren’t always photos or other imagery. When artist Euluster Richardson was commissioned to paint these scenes for the Jones Tenant House at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, he did have one thing going for him. He lived them.Read More
Disappointed at being uprooted from Hanes City, Florida, the Byrd siblings soon discovered Lake Miccosukee, Ward Creek, and forests in which to play. Those Monticello woods and waterways fed them with ducks, geese, quail, wild turkey, and, as we see in the video, coot that would fall off the bone. In her book, Echoes of a Quieter Time, Flossie Byrd fondly remembers that “A number of the women were excellent cooks who could prepare ‘coons ‘n possums’ that were a ‘gourmet’s delight.'”Read More
This is the Jack Hadley Black History Museum in Thomasville, Georgia. You'll see the local heroes like Henry Flipper, who was born a slave in Thomasville and went on to be the first black West Point graduate and a Buffalo Soldier. You'll also get some slice of life exhibits that give you a good look at going to high school during segregation, or growing up on a plantation.Read More
In the final part of our series on historically black colleges and universities, we take a look at the state’s Southern-most HBCU, Florida Memorial UniversityRead More