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.
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.
Together, we are creating a world where the lessons of the past fuel our collective journey towards a more just and compassionate future.
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.
President & CEO
& Resident Artist
Region 2 Project Manager and Discrimination Financial Assistant Program
Special Event Coordinator
at Families United Network
Fundraising Committee Chair,
Rosewood Diorama Inventor
Cox Cable Director
Daa'lyah Robinson Brice
Chief Director of Investigations
Melody Brown Vaughn
Interior Designer at Healing Homes of Rosewood
CEO Never Had It So Good Sports Media LLC
Theatre Professor FIU
Carol V. Richardson
Dr. Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas
Rosewood & ACCRP Digital Black Heritage Trail
Janis Johnson Owens
Rosewood McIntyre Family
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager Washington
BROWN FAMILY TRUSTEES
Addison Brown, II
John M. Jenkins, Jr.
Manager, Self Employed
Artist: Fine Art America
Retired JCPenney and Freelance Photographer
Descendent, Chino Hills, CA
Retired Pressman Miami Herald
Dwight Samuel, Jr.
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,
Recorded/Filmed Reenactment of Rosewood
Charles Chestnut, III, Funeral Director & Rosewood Descendant
Earl Gibbons & Michael Derry,
Recorded Rosewood Florida Song & Interview
Kimberly Joy Green & Mireille Charles, Green Space Miami Art Museum
Pegeen Hanrahan, Former Gainesville Mayor & Director for TPL
Verna Jackson Johnson, Caring & Sharing Learning Center
Bob & Linda Kasicki, Era Heirlooms Donors
Clifton Lewis, LB Brown Museum Director, Donated a Grand Piano to TRRF
Attorney Jeffrey Meldon, Commercials for Meldon Law & Rosewood
Ilene Silverman, Several Rosewood History Interviews
Coach Steve Spurrier, Spurrier's Gridiron Grille, Podcast Room & Community Advocate
Ian & Hannah Stone, John Wright Rosewood House Donors
Melody Brown Vaughn, Healing Rosewood Homes by Design
Clovis Watson, Jr, Former State Representative & Gala Sponsorship
Wehbe Production & Marketing Studio, Producers Philip Guiry & Zac Rothrock Make Queen Lizzie Podcast Happen Weekly
Ted Yoho, Former Congressman, Introduced Rosewood Historic Landmark Bill
Visit The The Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Cultural Museum
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.
Visit Our Museum Soon!
No Reservation Needed!
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm