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Preserving the History of


our legacy

Welcome to The Real Rosewood Foundation, dedicated to preserving and sharing the legacy of Rosewood, Florida. We are a historical foundation that is committed to advancing public interest in the forgotten history around Rosewood, and the communities that call it home. Our work is propelled by cutting-edge research, education, and immersive public programs, that invite people of all backgrounds to learn, discover, and take action toward a brighter, more just, and equitable future for all. Join us on this journey to preserve the memory of Rosewood and ensure its lessons continue to inspire and empower generations to come.

May the story of Rosewood live on forever...

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Rosewood, a majority Black Community, was a haven for people of color who settled there beginning in the mid-1800s. Migrating through Cedar Key from southern states, it was a place where property owners became homeowners during the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras.

On January 1, 1923, even this quaint and growing town could not escape the wrath of racial violence. The history buried for over 70 years, the story of Rosewood – what it was and what became of it – remained a secret in the hearts and minds of the survivors, descendants, and the white conspirators.

We're here to share the history of the Real Rosewood.

Rosewood survivors, Aaron and Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier

Rosewood survivors, Aaron and Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier

The Queen's Corner

Our Sponsors
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The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Duke Energy
Spurriers Gridiron Grille, The Real Rosewood Sponsors
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, College of Central Florida
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Meldon Law
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Trust for Public Land
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Florida Humanities
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Make It Happen, WEHBE Marketing
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Green Family Foundation
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, FIU, Florida International University
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Frost Science
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Origis Energy
The Real Rosewood Sponsor, Greg Bradley Insurance Agency
The Real Rosewood Historical Photo, Rosewood Florida Burning House 1923

Your support is critical to helping us continue our work to preserve the history of Rosewood. Thank you for your generosity.

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