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Daughter of survivor to discuss destruction of Rosewood in 1923

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2001

BEVERLY HILLS -- The 1923 Rosewood incident was ignored for many years until a group of survivors forced the state of Florida to acknowledge the massacre.

Dr. Annette Goins Shakir, daughter of survivor Arnett Turner Goins, will discuss Rosewood and the fight for public recognition in a talk at the Central Ridge Library at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Central Ridge Library Inc. and the Florida Humanities Council, will be in the Community Room and is limited to 77 participants. The program is first-come, first-served.

The people of Rosewood, a tiny African-American farming community in Levy County, dared to take a stand to defend a community member against trumped-up charges.

Nearby white residents rioted, destroying the community, killing at least six and scattering the rest of Rosewood's inhabitants. In 1994 the Florida Legislature passed a bill compensating the survivors of Rosewood.

For information, call the Central Ridge Library at 746-6622 or visit the library system's Web site at Central Ridge Library is at 425 W Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

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