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Black icons have made history in Palm Beach County

By Michelle Quigley

Thomas L. Jefferson, Joseph Wiley Jenkins, C. Spencer Pompey, Joseph N. Bernadel, Ulysses B. Kinsey, Solomon D. Spady, Cracker Johnson, Eva Mack, Edward Rodgers, Louise Buie, M.A. Hall Williams, Ineria Hudnell, Freddie Stebbins Jefferson, and Vera Farrington.

They were educators. Activists. Politicians. Business professionals. Men and women.

They broke through barriers, helped bring about social progress and made a difference for African-Americans in Palm Beach County.

They are some of the titans who should be remembered and honored during Black History Month. And every month.

Among them are Florida’s first black female mayor, the king of black West Palm Beach in the 1920s, the county’s first black chief judge, one of the first black doctors in Palm Beach County, and the first black woman on The Palm Beach Post editorial board. Two of them have schools named after them, one a bridge, and another a post office.

Click here to see a photo gallery and read the stories of these local black icons, and click here for more local black history.

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Posted in Black Palm Beach Blog and Flashback blog February 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm.

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  1. Shirley White Feb 11th 2010

    I love this section on Black Icons of Palm Beach County. I very much appreciate this. Thank you very much.

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