black history month

A sad/ solemn time in black history was the rosewood massacres of January 1, 1923- January 7, 1923. Events leading up to the massacre included a Ku Klux Klan rally on December 31, 1922, A white teacher’s murder in February of 1922 in the nearby town of Perry. “The final straw” the nearby white communities had was the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, was raped and assualted in her home near the predominantly black community of rosewood. As soon as whites in predominantly white towns heard of this news, 25-50 white men arrived in rosewood and started the pillaging,killing, and destruction of rosewood.  Many of the residents of rosewood fled to the nearby swamps to hide from the destruction of their community, homes, and all they new in their safe community. However, on January 6,1923 local train conductors John and William Bryce, escaped the majority of the stranded residents helped them escape north to cities such as Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Atlanta.After the traumatic event, rosewood was then abandoned with former black residents scattered throughout the state of Florida, and throughout the southern sates. In 1993, the Floridian government rewarded each of the 14 remaining survivors with 150,000 dollars each. This event shows the resiliance and strength of the African american people and shows that from all of their years of being held back in America, they rose above and are now perservering       Image result for rosewood massacre   photo taken on  January 7,1923  in Rosewood,Fl