Preserving the History of
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...
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