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From Segregation to Solidarity
From Segregation to Solidarity

Wed, May 22


Matheson History Museum

From Segregation to Solidarity

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Time & Location

May 22, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Matheson History Museum, 513 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA

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The Saint Augustine Mission Church and School was established in Gainesville in 1894 for Black Episcopalians and students. The Diocese of Florida, under the leadership of Bishop Weed and Rector Rev. A.T. Sharpe of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, founded St. Augustine with 15 congregants. In 1897, a Black minister, the Rev. John Speight, became rector and headmaster, and served 1897-1919. After Rev. Speight’s passing in 1924, Rev. Melvin Jackson took over as headmaster. The church and school were closed by the Diocese of Florida in 1970 and the congregants became members of Holy Trinity.

On Wednesday, May 22, George Guy, parishioner of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Gainesville, will give a presentation on the history of piety and perseverance behind the onetime Episcopal parish and parochial school for Black citizens formerly located at 405 NW 4th Avenue in Gainesville.

This event is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville/Alachua County, FL; The City of Gainesville; and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.

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