January 1, 1923, Rosewood, Fla. Destroyed
Between January 1, and 8, 1923, the town of Rosewood, a majority black community in Levy County, Florida was invaded by a posse and burned to the ground. The entire black community was displaced and seven people were confirmed killed, three black men, two black women and two white men. Many on both sides were injured or wounded. The entire incident was predicated on one white woman’s claim that she was assaulted by a black Rosewood man. No evidence of such an act was ever found.
The white woman, Fannie Coleman Taylor of Sumner, Florida was not alledgally assaulted in Rosewood. The innocent man named, tortured and brutalized in the Rosewood incident was my uncle Aaron Carrier, the husband of Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier. Jesse Hunter was a decoy to justify the crimes committed in Rosewood. It is believed there was never an escaped Jesse Hunter. The attack by the posse needed to be justified in their opinion.
The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
The Real Rosewood Foundation was established to research, authenticate and tell the real Rosewood story as told by Archer resident, Mrs. Theresa Brown Robinson and Rosewood survivor, Mrs. Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier.
Mahulda Gussie served as a Rosewood school teacher and married Aaron Carrier December 19, 1917, and is believed to be the second black female principal in the state of Florida and the first and only Black female principal ever employed in the Levy County school system. Mrs. Carrier shared her Rosewood experience with her sister, Theresa Brown Robinson, an Archer, Florida native and mother Lizzie Robinson Jenkins. Founder and President of Real Rosewood Foundation, a noted historian, researcher and author.
The Foundation is dedicated to building a museum in memory of Rosewood survivors and descendants. In addition, a scholarship endowment \wais established in honor of Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, the Rosewood school teacher, 1917-1923.
The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. P. O. Box 252 Archer, Florida 32618 @