“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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If you would like to make a donation to The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc., click on the Paypal button and you will be redirected to Paypal's secure site. No donation is too small and every dollar will help. The Foundation has and will continue to award academic scholarships to graduating seniors, and it is also seeking to build the Rosewood Black History Preservation and Research Center.


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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Interview About Lizzie Jenkins


Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.

Guy Hudspeth had done his homework.

When he learned he'd be interviewing his friend Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, he read the four books she had written. He filled several pages of a reporter's notebook with notes on her life as an elementary teacher in Alachua County. He developed a list of questions he'd like to ask her about her life in Archer.

Hudspeth's interview with Jenkins was part of StoryCorps, a national nonprofit, project to record and preserve interviews with people around the country. The group's visit to Gainesville started Thursday and runs through Saturday.

"I just don't want to goof it up," said Hudspeth, the manager for the Archer branch of the Alachua County Library District.

"You can't goof up history," Jenkins, 73, told him.

The two spent 40 minutes in the Alachua County Library District Headquarters talking about Jenkins' family's history. In one of the private library rooms, only the recording equipment and a StoryCorps facilitator heard their conversation.

All StoryCorps interviews are conducted between a pair of friends or family members — one is the interviewer, the other, the interviewee. They are free to talk about anything, from childhood memories to historic events.

Jenkins discussed with Hudspeth how her great grandmother, a woman enslaved in 1839, walked from Jackson, Miss., to Archer over the course of six months.

They chatted about how her aunt survived the Rosewood massacre in 1923, a now-famous racial conflict in which at least eight died. They talked about her relationship with her mother.

"Her family story is so unique and significant," Hudspeth said, "and her personal life is so important. I wanted to touch on all of the stories that shaped her into the woman she is today."

StoryCorps' visit to Gainesville includes 18 interviews between pairs of locals.

The goal of StoryCorps is to not only preserve history through the stories of everyday citizens, but also to encourage communication between individuals, said John White, a StoryCorps facilitator.

"In this day and age, you can text. You can email. You have all these things to stay connected, but there's still this physical distance," White said. "Having a 40-minute one-on-one conversation is unfortunately a novelty."

Since its foundation in 2003, StoryCorps has recorded more than 40,000 interviews, giving more than 80,000 participants the opportunity to tell their stories.

StoryCorps interviews are archived in the Library of Congress. Clips of certain interviews are published on the group's website and air on NPR's Morning Edition.

The interviews recorded during StoryCorps' trip to Gainesville will also be kept on file at the Alachua County District Library, said Nickie Kortus, the marketing and public relations manager for the library.

"You don't find a lot of that on the library shelves," Kortus said. "We're making sure our local history is preserved."

The library is also partnering with WUFT-FM to air clips from the Gainesville interviews in upcoming months.

Kortus said StoryCorps interviews are important because they record history from the perspective of the "average citizen."

"What an everyday citizen will tell you is different from what a historian will tell you in a textbook," she said.

For Jenkins and Hudspeth, their interview was a chance to preserve Alachua County history in a personal manner.

"You can read a history textbook any day, but you don't always get to hear someone talking about events as they lived them," Hudspeth said. ‘It may not mean much now, but in 50 years it's going to be really special to have these recordings."

Listen to Lizzie Jenkins' Interview Here:

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Please check out other interviews recorded by StoryCorps.

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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

Click here to read more about the founder, Lizzie Jenkins.


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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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"Fight for your civil rights as long as breath is in your body!"
“Baby, Mommy will always watch over you, my child.”


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