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A New Museum Will Bring to Light the Often-Forgotten Role of African Americans in Sarasota

Sarasota’s Black history has long been neglected, and Vickie Oldham has been on a mission to change that. Largely due to her six-year effort, as the head of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, the City of Sarasota will have a physical space to tell the stories of Black history with the upcoming Sarasota African American Art Center and History Museum. Located in Newtown, the historical Black community of Sarasota, the center will be the site of historical exhibits, talks from authors, cooking demonstrations and youth mentorship programs. Read More

New exhibit to honor baseball icon Buck O’Neil

SARASOTA – The baseball legend lives on here, even though Buck O’Neil has been dead for over a decade.   Folks around here will be reminded of that this weekend, as the Sarasota neighborhood where he grew up will carry his image in an exhibition on loan from the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.   The “Buck O’Neil: Right on Time” exhibition opens Saturday at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. The exhibit will honor the late O’Neil, who grew up in Sarasota before becoming a standout player and manager in the Negro Leagues and, late in his life, a beloved baseball icon.   The inaugural exhibition of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition is in partnership with the City of Sarasota, the Baltimore Orioles, Newtown Alive and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.   More:Buck O’Neil’s legacy: Baseball and beyond With the exception of Sundays, the exhibit can be viewed daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until

‘Negro Leagues’ star shines in Newtown

Now’s time for Sarasota African American museum

In April 2018 Vickie Oldham and 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Charles Williams wrote a column in the Herald-Tribune bearing the headline “Newtown needs an art center and museum.” In their opening paragraph Oldham and Williams stated that “cultural arts centers, museums and libraries situated in the heart of African American neighborhoods add texture, vibrancy and richness to a community.” And in concluding their piece, the duo declared that it was now “time to take another giant, groundbreaking leap forward to construct a center and museum in the community with library capabilities.” Those words rang true three years ago. And they ring true today, too: Now is the time to make a Sarasota African American Art Center and History Museum a reality. The good news is that much progress has made since that 2018 column was published. The Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition has been formed with funding from the