The Real Rosewood foundation was created to preserve the history of Rosewood. The Rosewood residents lost all of their personal possessions during the massacre and their property following the massacre. It is believed a few residents returned in 1957 to claim their property and were told the property had been sold and were ordered to leave town.
Though it has been eighty-nine years since the massacre, descendants are still in touch with its beginning. Each year in July they celebrate reunions. They are not angry and do not dwell on the past destruction of their hometown. They never lost focus, instead they concentrated on family structure, values and work ethics.
Long before the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. was founded my mother strongly suggested researching real truths of the occurrence. The two of us shared the dark secrets of the Rosewood story over the years starting in 1943 when I was only five. My mother said, “You must keep the ‘leg’ in our legacy. My mother was never satisfied with what happened to her Rosewood sister.
Foundation Goals and Members
The Foundation is dedicated to building museum in memory of Rosewood and is sponsoring a scholarship in honor of Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier the third teacher employed by the Rosewood school and the first and only Black female principal employed in Levy County.
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS 2003
Anita Samuel Azoira Wright Carol Richardson Carolyn Bybel Carolyn Winston Clovis Watson, Jr. Delphine Jackson Douglas Courtney Evelyn Foxx George Gillis Hazel Gillis Jeff McAdams Karen Sams * Michael Grant Rosemary Christy Verna Johnson Von Fraser Yul D. Anderson
FRIENDS OF ROSEWOOD
Alice Foreman * Bess McElroy Catherine Mickle Cecil Gunter Charles Robinson * Dale Williams Harvie Brown * Ida Daniels Kali Blount Kathy WayGaddarie Marie Ames * Margaret Jones * Margaret Kruse Melvena Wilson Melvin White Joe Louis Nubin Ronald Blocker * Ronald Nicholson * Susie Copeland
SURVIVOR/DESCENDANT Mary Hall Daniels 92 Richard B. Brown * 97