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ABOUT US

Our Mission & Vision
The Real Rosewood Foundation, established in 2003, has sought to preserve knowledge, spread awareness, and foster cultural sensitivity around a massacre that wiped out the small black majority community of Rosewood, Florida, just over a century ago.

 

OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to preserving the history of Rosewood, Florida through cutting-edge research, education, and immersive public programs that empower individuals and communities alike.

OUR Vision

Together, we are creating a world where the lessons of the past fuel our collective journey towards a more just and compassionate future.

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OUR FOUNDER

Lizzie Robinson Jenkins and her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson, The Real Rosewood Foundation Founder
The Real Rosewood Historical Photo, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier
Lizzie Robinson Jenkins and her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson, The Real Rosewood Foundation Founder

Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, founder of The Rosewood Foundation, has dedicated her life to ensuring that people never forget the true legacy of Rosewood.

As the niece of Rosewood survivor, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, Lizzie established the organization to honor her Aunt's story and to develop a timeline of historical events, identify lost survivors, and locate descendants.

 

In addition to her extensive contribution to the Foundation, she has encompassed several roles throughout her lifetime. She is an educator, an activist, and a prominent advocate for social justice and equality. She attended Archer Negro High School and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957. After high school, Mrs. Jenkins earned her elementary education degree from Florida Memorial College in 1961 and received her MS in 1978 from Nova University. Mrs. Jenkins was also a Professional Educator in Alachua County Public Schools for thirty-three years.

Lizzie credits her mother and Aunt Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier for who she is, and her life's journey. She embodies the sacred beauty and excellence of Rosewood, and undeniably has been and continues to be "the voice" of those silenced in Rosewood to preserve their legacy.

"Today it is my work and your work to stand up, stand in solidarity and empower this generation. We must tell what others held secretly. It’s history and that’s who we are. My passion was fueled by the stories my mother told me about my favorite Aunt, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, and I have dedicated my life keeping the memory of Rosewood alive. "

Lizzie and her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson.

Lizzie's Aunt, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier.

Lizzie with her mother, Theresa Brown Robinson.

Our Founder

OUR TEAM

Our Team

Executive Board

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
Lizzie Robinson-Jenkins

President & CEO

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
John Jenkins

Co-founder

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
Pedro Jermaine

Vice President
& Resident Artist

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
Jordan Marlowe

Chair

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
Janice Luu

Treasurer

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Executive Board Member
Stephanie Birch

Secretary

Ambassadors

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Freddie Wehbe

Make It Happen Studio

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Dr. Kimberly Joy Green

Green Family Foundation

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Coach Steve Spurrier

Spurrier's Gridiron Grille
& Podcast Room

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Dr. Kalai Mathee

FIU Professor

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Atty. Jeffrey Meldon

Meldon Law Firm

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Banker Jerry Benton

Campus Credit Union

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Greg Bradley

G. Bradley Insurance Agency

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Retired Congressman Ted Yoho

C-Span Rosewood History

BROWN FAMILY TRUSTEES

Archer, FL

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Harvie Brown

Artist: Fine Art America

Descendent

Glendale, AZ

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Linda Porter

Couture Designer

Descendent

Savannah, GA

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Terriss Brown

Retired JCPenney and Freelance Photographer

Descendent, Chino Hills, CA

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Kassandris L. Robinson

Retired from Alachua County

Descendent

Archer, FL

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Kenneth Crawford

Retired Pressman Miami Herald

Descendent

Miami, FL

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Leontre Robinson

College Student

Descendent

Archer, FL

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John M. Jenkins, Jr.

Manager, Self Employed 

Alachua, FL

The Real Rosewood Foundation, Family Trustee
Dwight Samuel, Jr.

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Descendent

Alachua, FL

Honorary Members

We would like to give special thanks to those who have provided constant support and dedication to The Real Rosewood Foundation

Lauren Armstrong (Citrus DMP), TRRF Website Designer

Gabi Bucataru & Daughters Rosewood History Recording
Carol Richardson, Rosewood Play Director, Local Movie Stars
Melvin Huffnagle, Rosewood Play Director, FIU Students
Toni Collins, President Levy County Historical Society, Rosewood Helper 
Pegeen Hanrahan, Secures Grant for Rosewood from Trust for Public Land

Ian & Hannah Stone Donates John Wright House to Rosewood Museum
Bob & Linda Kasicki, Era Heirlooms Donors Rosewood Museum

Clifton Lewis, Director Donates Grand Piano to Rosewood Museum 

Tower Hill Insurance - William Shively, Rosewood Museum
Rev. Willie and Deandra Caison, Sr. Rosewood Museum

Bill Cervone Eighth Judicial States Attorney, Rosewood Museum

Tracy Maxwell, Rosewood Museum

Matt and Crystal Bowman, Rosewood Museum

Princess Cooper, CEO NHISG, Rosewood Museum

Mireille Charles, Sr. Program Director for Green FND, Rosewood Museum

Hazel and George Gillis, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Scholarship

Addison Brown, MGBC Scholarship

Dale E. Williams, MGBC Scholarship
Rosemary Christy, MGBC and Scholarship

The Ilene Silverman Show Serving Gainesville and Rosewood 

Eric Godet, President/CEO of GGCC 
Joseph Johnson, GGCC Leadership Class Manager

Bob Ganzak Instructor, Dale Carnegie Leadership Development Program
Darren Kelley, Rosewood Diorama Designer 

Philip Guiry, Queen Lizzie Podcast Producer
Zac Zothrock, Queen Lizzie Podcast Producer
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager Washington, Rosewood Curriculum

Janis Johnson Owens, Author of Rosewood McIntyre Family
  Stephanie Birch, Author of Rosewood Book 

Earl Gibbons & Michael Derry Interview/Recording

Congressman Ted Yoho Introduced Rosewood National Landmark, 2020

Sherry A. Freas, RLA Chief and Deputy Keeper, NRofHP, 2023

Dr. Marvin Dunn, Historian and Rosewood National Landmark Liaison, 2024

Congresswoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Rosewood NHL Liaison, 2024

Ward Scott, SFCC History Tech Teacher and Levy County Sheriff

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COMING SOOn
Visit The The Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Cultural Museum

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The Real Rosewood Foundation's Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Cultural Museum is a tribute to the survivors and descendants of the 1923 Rosewood Massacre. Our museum in Archer, Florida not only educates visitors on the events of that tragic day but showcases the rich history and culture of the African American community in Rosewood.

 

We believe that educating visitors is the key to ensuring future generations learn from the past and prevent such tragedies from happening again. Come and visit us to pay your respects, learn, and honor the legacy of the Rosewood community.

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Visit Our Museum Soon!

14738 SW 159 Ave, Archer, FL 32618

No Reservation Needed!

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Visit th Museum
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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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