Racial equity

‘Slaves built the Capitol’: Advocate for abandoned Black cemeteries criticizes Florida senators

A leading advocate for abandoned Black cemeteries sharply criticized Florida lawmakers for killing a bill that would have helped identify, protect and restore burial grounds across the state. “I want to know, many of these legislators, where are they from?” asked Gloria Jefferson Anderson, who is leading the cemetery restoration …

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‘Forgotten people’: Florida lawmakers aim to recognize, protect abandoned African-American cemeteries

For over 25 years, Gloria Jefferson Anderson researched her father’s side of the family, trying to figure out what happened to her ancestors once slavery ended.   “When I found out where my father’s people were on the plantation – the next question was, ‘Well, where are these people buried?” said …

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Soil ceremony honors five lynching victims in Waldo

WALDO – Residents from across Alachua County joined city officials Saturday to honor five lynching victims from the Waldo, Hawthorne, Campville and Rochelle areas.  The event drew about 100 people of all ages and backgrounds. The Rev. Marie Herring with Dayspring Missionary Baptist Church had a reminder for the residents …

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