ONE OF FLORIDA'S OLDEST AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
A little bit of the well-known African American Florida History of Rosewood, FL. In comparison, sharing a little bit of the unknown African American Florida History of our very own Royal Citizen: Mr. Jesse Woods.
Steele introduces herself by sharing how growing up around such strong-willed people affected her life.
Sharing how her people were crafty, swift, courageous, skillful, hardworking and thankful for their blessing. How some bared the burdens so that others could share the benefits.
Heritage? What’s heritage? Steele uses a mural to tell this story of her beloved Royal Community illustrious heritage and history.
Steele uses the basic language of her people to convey their stories. This story gets the reader’s mind in a ‘call to action’ mood. Prayerfully, bringing together people who share inspiration from the stories of her ancestor’s past to evoke social action.
Steele tells her people stories while being very careful, to ensure, that their oral stories are well respected and represented.
For these oral histories are the real witness to the Reconstruction era. These stories should become the true historical accounts to capture the heart, spirit and soul of an integral part of the ‘whole’ American historical picture.
Steele explains how quilts were sewn to help fugitive slaves travel to freedom.
This story breathes life to the words of General Sherman’s Special Field Order #15. It’s a true account of how this order, circular 13 and circular 15 affected Steele’s ancestors. Despite it all, the people kept their land.
Royal’s segregated School closed at the end of the 1968-1969 school year, Mr. Young, Sr. served as Principal for 22 years. Steele recalls some of the fond memories, while attending her beloved community school, of the traditional and fundamental lessons she learned.
Rev. Matthew Beard