History of Black Mandarin Explored in Lecture & Exhibit

Shown is author Greg Estevez speaking to the guests on the importance of preserving African American history.

By David Wright | Celebrating Black History Month 2024, Mandarin Museum partnered with Florida Blue for groups of color to review their sprawling exhibit showcase. ‘Exhibit Come to Life: The Untold Story of Black Mandarin,’ tour included the properties historic buildings and the 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African American Children.

Greg Estevez, author of ‘Edisto: Migration to Florida,’ presented an author talk and a presentation in the Schoolhouse on Mandarin’s historic Gullah Geechee community.  Participants enjoyed the park’s boardwalk, reviewed the exhibits and listened to the historical interpretation of life for African Americans in Mandarin.  Founded in 1989, The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society preserves and celebrates the rich heritage and history of the area. On site is a museum shop, the Mandarin archives, and an art gallery that exhibits the works of the areas past, present and future.

To visit and for more info visit www.mandarinmuseum.org.

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