Baseball Hall of Famer Buck O’Neil’s legacy honored with Key to the City of Sarasota

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The enduring legacy of John “Buck” O’Neil was honored with the Key to the City of Sarasota on July 24 to celebrate his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The key, commemorating O’Neil’s powerful history in the community, will be donated to the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition to be displayed at the future Sarasota African American Arts and Cultural Center located in Newtown.

“Buck O’Neil has made countless contributions to the City of Sarasota and has had a profound impact on the African American community,” Sarasota Vice Mayor Kyle Battie said. “He serves as a shining example of strength, and has broken down barriers for children and adults alike. It’s a humbling privilege to celebrate his well-deserved induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and bestow him the Key to the City.”

Click here to read the full article Submitted by Julia Groom and published by Sarasota Herald Tribune

YourObserver.com: Historic Leonard Reid House on the move to Newtown

After it arrives from the Rosemary District to its new site in Newtown, the home of the “right-hand man” to Sarasota’s first mayor will become home to a new Sarasota African American cultural center.

A piece of Sarasota history will be loaded onto a flatbed and moved more than 2 miles in the early morning hours on Friday when the historic Leonard Reid House will be relocated to city-owned property in North Sarasota. There it will become home to a new Sarasota African American cultural center.

The house will be moved from its location at 1435 Seventh St. in the Rosemary District to 2529 N. Orange Ave. in Newtown.

Click here to read the full article by Andrew Warfield and published by YourObserver.com.

WTSP Tampa Bay 10: Leonard Reid’s descendant speaks as house moves to become a museum

Reid’s house would be moved to a new location on Orange Avenue at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way in Newtown early Friday morning.

The City of Sarasota joined by elected officials and community leaders gathered for a sendoff celebration for the Historic Leonard Reid House Thursday.

The house is moving to a new location on Orange Avenue at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Newtown early Friday morning. It was donated to the city by the owners and will become the first home of the Sarasota African American Cultural Center (SAACC) and History Museum.

The gathering included a symbolic ritual for prosperity and protection and a reflection on preserving the history and heritage of the city’s black community. Reid was one of the early pioneers who helped establish Overtown, Sarasota’s African American community, in an area now known as the Rosemary District.

Click here to read the full article written by Adaure Achumba and published by WTSB Tampa Bay 10.

WTSP Tampa Bay 10: Historic Leonard Reid house set to move to Newtown on Friday

Reid helped set up Sarasota’s first black community in Overtown. The house would be the first home for the Sarasota African American Art Center and History Museum.

This Friday, the historic Leonard Reid House, home to one of Sarasota’s early black pioneers will be moving to a new location to become a museum.

Reid helped set up Sarasota’s first African American community in Overtown.

The City of Sarasota community has anticipated the move for a few years. The historic house will be moved from its current location on 7th Street in the Rosemary District to a city-owned lot at the corner of North Orange Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way in Newtown.

Click here to read the full article written by Adaure Achumba and published by WTSB Tampa Bay 10.

ABC 7: Sarasota historic home to be moved to new location

The City of Sarasota has announced that the historic Leonard Reid house will be relocated this week to City-owned property in North Sarasota. There, the structure will become the first home for a new Sarasota African American cultural arts center.

The Leonard Reid house is named for the highly respected early pioneer who helped establish Sarasota’s first Black community, Overtown, now known as the Rosemary District. The single-story frame vernacular style house completed in 1926 is locally historically designated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house will be moved from its current location at 1435 7th St. in the Rosemary District to 2529 N. Orange Ave. in Newtown Friday, May 27.

Crews plan to transport the home on a flatbed trailer on a 2.6 mile route that may cause some impacts to traffic along the way.

The moving process will include temporarily disassembling traffic signal heads at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way – North Orange Avenue intersection to accommodate the oversized load.

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Fox 13 Tampa Bay: Historic Leonard Reid home relocated to new location in Sarasota to preserve history

History was literally on the move in Sarasota during the overnight hours.

Crews drove the Leonard Reid house from its original spot in Newtown to a location in north Sarasota. It will be the first home to be part of the new African American Cultural Arts Center. 

Leonard Reid was a highly-respected pioneer who helped establish Sarasota’s first Black community. That home was completed in 1926.

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Herald Tribune: Home of African American trailblazer Leonard Reid relocated to the heart of Newtown

The history of Sarasota’s African American early settlers can be traced back to one name in the historic Overtown community, Leonard Reid.

The Reid home was built in 1926. The trailblazer’s single-story 1,400-square-foot home helped establish and anchor Sarasota’s first black community, Overtown, now known as the Rosemary District. Early Friday morning, the home was moved from its original location on 7th Street, taking a 1.5-mile ride via flatbed truck near downtown Sarasota into the heart of Newtown, the city’s predominately Black neighborhood.

The pale blue home with a bright orange door arrived via police escort to its destination around 3 a.m. at 2529 North Orange Ave., where it will be preserved at the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Click here to read the full article by Samantha Gholar published in the Herald Tribune.

Sarasota Magazine: Historic Leonard Reid House Will Be Relocated to Newtown This Week

The structure will become the first home for Sarasota African American Art Center and History Museum.

On Friday, May 27, the historic Leonard Reid house will be relocated this week to city of Sarasota-owned property in Newtown, where it will become the first home for the new Sarasota African American Art Center and History Museum. The house, which is currently located in the Rosemary District, will be moved to 2529 N. Orange Ave.

The house is named for Leonard Reid, the highly respected early pioneer who helped establish Sarasota’s first Black community, Overtown, which is now known as the Rosemary District. The single-story frame vernacular-style house, built in 1926, is locally historically designated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Click here to read the full article published in Sarasota Magazine.

Sun, sand and civil rights: Uncovering Black history at the beach and beyond

Sarasota, Florida’s white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters draw visitors from far and wide, but they weren’t always so welcoming.

“Few of our guests, our international and domestic tourists who come here, understand why these beaches are open to Black and brown people from everywhere in the world,” said Vickie Oldham, who chronicled 100 years of local Black history for her hometown. “It’s because of the Black activists that pushed for open access to our pristine beaches.”

Click to read the whole USA Today article by Eve Chen.

“Few of our guests, our international and domestic tourists who come here, understand why these beaches are open to Black and brown people from everywhere in the world,” said Vickie Oldham, who chronicled 100 years of local Black history for her hometown. “It’s because of the Black activists that pushed for open access to our pristine beaches.” 

The Soul of Sarasota | Greater Sarasota Video

Building on her roots in the black church in Newtown, Melanie Lavender turned to writing and performing spoken word as a way to heal from multiple tragedies. She continues to cultivate strength and to speak up about the need for representation in Sarasota. Through her story, we’ll explore Newtown’s rich culture and heritage as a vital force for the future of Sarasota.

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