“Taking a Negative Effect, Making a Positive Affect.”


  • Lizzie PRB Jenkins

    Founder and President of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.

    An Educator: Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins was born October 25, 1938, in Archer, Florida, growing up on a farm with her parents, Ura McIntyre Robinson and Theresa

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  • Woman Chronicles Rosewood

    Lizzie Jenkins has spent a decade sorting through musty files in her search for details to confirm what happened to her aunt and uncle when the predominantly black Levy County town of Rosewood was burned to the

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  • History of Rosewood, Florida


    Rosewood was established around 1870 in Levy County, Florida on a road leading to Cedar Key and the Gulf of Mexico. It is believed to have taken its name from the abundant red

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  • Theresa Brown Robinson

    The mother of Lizzie Jenkins and the sister of Mahulda Carrier, Theresa Brown Robinson was a Rosewood historian who provided Lizzie enough information to interest and direct her in safeguarding Rosewood's history. She never lived in Rosewood

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  • The Real Rosewood
    Foundation, Inc

    The Real Rosewood Foundation was created in 2002 to develop a timeline, expand the search, find lost survivors, and locate descendants – black and white, inviting cultural participation to preserve an important history

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Read about how Alachua County’s African American ancestry contributed significantly to the area’s history in Lizzie Jenkins' book, Alachua County, Florida.

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Lizzie Jenkins has recorded the song she co-wrote with her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson.
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Lizzie PRB Jenkins

Founder and President of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.

An Educator: Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins was born October 25, 1938, in Archer, Florida, growing up on a farm with her parents, Ura McIntyre Robinson and Theresa Brown Robinson, skilled farmers. The youngest of five children, reared in a nurturing home, where she was expected to not only excel, but remember her strong upbringing and become significant in a purpose driven life. A lover of books at first sight and believed born to preserve the historic significance of a dedicated people, she continues to search for an end to a beginning. Lizzie was educated at Archer Negro High School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. She received a BS Degree in Education from Florida Memorial University and a Master’s from Nova University. She taught in the Alachua County Public School System for thirty-three years, retiring at age fifty-five to assist with her mother's declining health.

lizzie-blueA Researcher: Demonstrating research and providing know-how is Lizzie Jenkins’ area of expertise. Jenkins has amassed more than twenty years of Rosewood research authenticating, documenting, and positioning a legacy for a new generation. "For unless we remember, neither we, nor future generations will understand." Research proved Jenkins’ aunt, the Rosewood schoolteacher, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, was believed the second African American Female principal in the state of Florida and was honored as one of Florida’s greatest 2000 Floridians, she was also a recipient of a Year 2000 Plaque that hangs at Archer Depot, the city’s property. Jenkins’ Rosewood aunt still holds the record as the first and only African American female principal in Levy County.

A Historian: Coming from a long line of historians, history makers, and storytellers, Jenkins’ mother, the family oral historian, often reminded Lizzie, “You must keep the leg in our legacy”, and strongly encouraged her to “Preserve History”, family and Rosewood. Jenkins’ mother, the family’s human bridge between research and resource, follows her own advice by providing facts to connect family to Rosewood’s Levy County history.

A Storyteller and Presenter: Jenkins, a treasured storyteller, is often lauded for her storytelling style based on facts without prejudice.

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Jenkins is Founder and President of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.

  • 2012 – Fifth Annual Rosewood Scholarship and Awards
  • 2011 – Fifth Annual Return to Rosewood Healing Ceremony
  • 2011 – Second Annual Rosewood Labor Day Celebration
  • 2010 – Fourth Annual Return to Rosewood Healing Ceremony
  • 2010 – First Annual Rosewood Labor Day Celebration/Autism Walk in Archer
  • 2008 – Featured in Ted Koppel’s Documentary, “The Last Lynching” October 15, 2008
  • 2008 – Interviewed by Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel Journalist, Rosewood, FL
  • 2006 – Second Annual Rosewood Fundraiser: Paramount Hotel
  • 2006 – Published Rosewood Florida” Summary song of Rosewood
  • 2006 – Developed Power Point Presentation: Rosewood Florida
  • 2005 – First Annual Rosewood Fundraiser: Paramount Hotel
  • 2005 – Third Annual Return to Rosewood Healing Ceremony
  • 2004 – Second Annual Return to Rosewood Healing Ceremony
  • 2004 – Initiated and Co-wrote Rosewood Historic Marker
  • 2004 – Real Rosewood Foundation Co-sponsored Rosewood Historic Marker
  • 2004 – Requested Governor Bush Dedicate Rosewood Historic Marker
  • 2004 – Introduced Governor Bush at Rosewood Historic Marker Dedication
  • 2004 – Unveiled Rosewood Historic Marker with Rosewood Survivor
  • 2004 – Witnessed the Erection of the Rosewood Historic Marker
  • 2004 – Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc., Co-Sponsored Rosewood Historic Marker
  • 2003 – Initiated First Rosewood Peace and Healing Ceremony in Rosewood
  • 2000 – Great Floridians were awarded for their Great Contribution to Florida
  • 2000 – Rosewood Aunt Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier received Plaque
  • 1999 – Initiated Great Floridian 2000 Plaque for Rosewood Aunt

  • 2012 – Made email contact to bring First Lady Michelle E. Obama to (UF) Gainesville, FL
  • 2012 – Attended DNC National Convention as a Delegate, Charlotte, SC
  • 2012 – Attended FDP State Convention, Tampa, FL
  • 2011 – Attended FDP State Convention, Orlando, FL
  • 2010 – Attended FDP State Convention, Orlando, FL
  • 2009 – Attended President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Washington, DC
  • 2008 – Attended Democratic National Convention as a Delegate, Denver, CO
  • 2008 – Ted Koppel finalized his interview of Lizzie Jenkins in Denver, CO
  • 2009 – Immediate Past President of Democratic Black Caucus of Florida

  • 2007 – Revised: A Tribute to Archer’s Black Senior Citizens
  • 2007 – Alachua County Florida
  • 2005 – Real Rosewood in Song
  • 2003 – Real Rosewood Volume I
  • 2001 – Real Rosewood
  • 1984 – A Tribute to Archer’s Black Senior Citizens
  • 1997 – Guest on Oprah Winfrey Show as Rosewood Descendant
  • 1995 – Co-wrote two Rosewood songs with her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson:
      1. Rosewood Florida  
      2. Rosewood, No More
  • 1994 – Assisted with passing the Rosewood Compensation House Bill 591

  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Organizations
  • Prisons: Federal and State
  • Local TV
  • Newspaper Interviews (more than twenty)
  • Radio Interviews and Reviews since 1994

  • Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus
  • Archer Farmers Network
  • 2003 – The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
  • 1999 – I, Too, Lived Rosewood, Inc.
  • 1986 – B.E.E.P. (Black Educators Excelling Professional)
  • 1984 – F.A.C.T.S. (Facts About Caring and Tutoring Students, after school student program)

  • February 17, 2000 – Jane Synder Matthews, Ph.D., Division Director Historic Resources
  • December 31, 2003 – Governor Jeb Bush, Congratulatory
  • December 30, 2003 – Daryl Jones, Former Senator and Sponsor of Rosewood Bill
  • December 16, 2003 – Bill Nelson, US Senator
  • December 16. 2003 – Cliff Stearns, United States Representative
  • January 2, 2004 – Governor Jeb Bush, Resolution
  • January 1, 2004 – Bob Graham, United States Senator and former Governor
  • January 1, 2004 – Charlie Crist, Attorney General and former Governor
  • January 1, 2004 – Neil L. Sullivan, UF Dean, African American Studies
  • January 16, 2004 – Catherine Clark State Historic Marker Coordinator
  • February 23, 2004 – Anne Heiligenstein, Director of Projects & Policy, Office of Laura Bush
  • September 29, 2004 – Superintendent Ronald Blocker, Orange County, Rosewood Descendant
  • September 22, 2010 – Met with Superintendent Dan Boyd, Alachua County, Verbal Support

  • W. Daniel Boyd, Superintendent, Alachua County
  • William “Bill” Cervone, State Attorney, District 8
  • April Griffin, School Board Member, Alachua County
  • Toni Collins, Levy County Historic Society Director
  • Marsha Drew, Levy County Commissioner
  • Ryan Bell, Levy County Commissioner
  • Danny Stevens, Levy County Commissioner Chair

  • AARP
  • Alachua County Black Cemetery Markings
  • Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee, Correspondent Secretary
  • Alachua County Democratic Women Club
  • Alachua County Retired Educators Association
  • Alachua County Virtual Cemetery Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Archer Farmer’s Network
  • Archer Historic Society
  • Charmettes, Inc., Immediate Past National Secretary
  • Charmette Recipient of the Eunice W. Thompson Merit Award
  • CARD: University of Florida Autism Foundation
  • Democratic Committeewoman at Precinct 11
  • DEC, DNC and FDP Committees
  • Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter (36 years local service) Past President, Secretary, Treasurer, VP
  • Equality Florida
  • Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Florida Memorial University Alumni ‘61
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association
  • Florida State Democratic Black Caucus Immediate Past President
  • Florida Retired Educators Association
  • Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Historic Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU)
  • Ida B. Wells 2012 Recipient during Women History Month
  • League of Women Voter
  • Lincoln High School Alumni
  • Matheson Historic Society
  • NAACP – Silver Life Member, Local Membership Chair, State Membership Committee National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Nova University Alumni ‘78
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Power House Family Worship Center
  • Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc., President and Executive Director
  • Rosewood Contact for the Rosewood Family Annual State Scholarship
  • Retired Educators Association (FREA)
  • St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
  • StoryCorps Interview (Jenkins’ Stories housed at Library of Congress/Smithsonian Institute)
  • The ARC
  • Van Accessibility: FDP and NAACP trained
  • Voter Registered Agent
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Married to John M. Jenkins, Sr.

The Real Rosewood – Extra

Levy County Colored Founders

Levy County consisted of four Florida cities/towns: Outside of Cedar Key, Lukens, Rosewood, and Sumner. The county's first census was taken in 1850. In the mid-1800s, one of Levi County's presumed slave-holding plantations, documented as Outside of Cedar Key, was listed on the 1870 census as District 15. Believably, Outside of Cedar Key, Florida was developed and became known as Rosewood and Sumner – from its adjacent sister city, Cedar Key, Florida.



Adams Anderson Ashwood Barton Bradley Bright
Bryson Burns Carlos Carrier Carter Caskill
Clower Cottenell Douglas Evans Everet Frison
Goins Gordon Griffin Hall Hayward Hearn
Higginbotham Higginbottom Hill Hindon Hughes Jones
Joseph Lenke Lewis Lighter London Lot
Love Lucas Lundon Lundy McCoy McHenry
McIntyre Mitchell Monroe Moore Moses Murray
Nelson Nicks Norris Payton Randolph Ransom
Rice Richardson Roberts Robinson Sanderson Seabrook
Small Smith Spicer Stedom Stewart Strobles
Strong Thompson Turner Wade Wadsworth Walker
Ware Warren White Wiggins Williams Wilson
Levy County White Founders


Barcol Barker Barnes Barreco Beck Bevill Blair Blitch Boyetts Bradford
Brady Brand Brannes Brannery Bright Brown Bryant Burke Butler Bryce
Caddes Campbell Cannon Carlos Cassis Cason Caulter Chambers Cherie Chesser
Chissie Clark Clary Clower Clurry Clyatt Cobb Cokes Coleman Cook
Collier Collins Colson Crevor Crews Cribbs Curry Daniels Daves Day
Deson Dias Decks Dong Douglas Drummond Ericcos Faircloth Fairhouse Flemming
Folks Fitzgerald Fountain Frey Futch Gaines Gainey Galbreth Garrison Gore
Green Griffis Hagans Hall Handly Hardee Harrington Hatcher Higginbotham Highsmith
Hobbs Hodge Holland Hudson Hunter Ingraham Ingram Jackson Jacobs John
Johnson Jones Keen King Kinsey Kirkland Kister Kurn Lancaster Lane
Lanier Lee Lenke Lock Love Loyd Lynn Marston Martin Maxwell
May McCaskill McGoins McGowan McGown McLeod McMillan McQuire Micken Mitchell
Moore Morgan Morrison Mossey Mozo Mullens Mulligan Munden Murphy Nobles
Norris Nunnerly Osteen Parrish Peacock Phelps Philpot Pissner Price Priest
Proctor Quincy Quinn Ratliff Rawls Renfroe Rhodes Ricks Sarbles Shaw
Sheffield Sheppard Shirley Smith  Snell  Standard  Standley  Stanley  Starling  Stephens
Stockman Strobles Studstill Swandel Sykes Thompson Tindell Triocally Trivalt Truden
Tucker Turner Tuten Wade Walker Watson Ways Weeks Wells Whatley
White Whitehurst Wilcox Wilkerson Williams Wimberly Wood Wothington Wright Yates
Yearty Young                

Established the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.

Acquired Solicitation License

Acquired 501(C)3 Status

Copyright Protection

Documented Rosewood Marriages from 1882-1923

Confirmed Rosewood Families

Confirmed Rosewood Black Cemetery

Researched / Documented the Rosewood School

Confirmed Sumner School

Established a Historic Marker

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You can read letters and notes from high-ranking government officials (and others) regarding the atrocities of the Rosewood Massacre and their support of The Real Rosewood Foundation through the work of Lizzie Jenkins.

The 84 Year Curse

...A Story to be Unveiled in an Editorial


1839 – Juliann Parchman Sams
1923 – Mahulda Gussie Brown Sams Carrier
2007 – Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Sams Jenkins


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