OCALA, Fla. – The Black Record Museum of Marion County is little, but it retains a substantial portion of historical past.

Marion County Faculty Board member Rev. Eric Cummings said he holds the Black Record Museum of Marion County close to his heart because it sits within Howard Academy.

“I frequently think of the wrestle working with the racism, segregation, Jim Crow lives. The need to want to have schooling coming out of slavery,” Cummings mentioned.

It was the 1st faculty for African Us residents in Ocala that opened in 1866. Cummings’ father attended Howard Academy.

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“He frequently talked about the comradery and anticipations that Howard had for them as students… They had pleasurable at college, but had extremely superior expectations for schooling,” explained Cummings.

Howard Academy became a superior university in 1927 and was 1 of only two faculties in Florida that awarded superior college diplomas to Black college students. The disparities in schooling were being much greater than the white educational facilities.

“They ended up succeeding with hand me downs. They obtained the used textbooks. They were being aged and background experienced adjusted… They experienced some large challenges but they succeeded,” explained Cummings.

The museum not only holds report cards, course shots and trophies from Howard Academy. It also residences war artifacts, and photos from Paradise Park, a tourist attraction for Black people today close to Silver Springs.

Paradise Park was a popular vacationer attraction near Silver Springs for Blacks all through segregation. You can find some historic apparel and shots from the activities that took position at the park.

Together with the museum, Howard Academy is a group centre. Featuring tutoring expert services, spouse and children resources and meeting areas. The hundreds of years-previous constructing has its selection of problems like busted pipes and failing supports. Repairs approximated in the hundreds of 1000’s of pounds.


“To see it disappear is a tragedy, that’s why we experienced to do some thing,” explained Cummings.

The Marion County University Board has agreed to entrance some of the price to renovate the creating and preserve heritage alive. They hope Howard Academy will continue on to provide as a check out of the past, and a resource to foster achievements in education for the foreseeable future for all college students.

Howard Academy and the Black Record Museum of Marion County is positioned at 306 NW 7th Avenue in Ocala. The neighborhood middle and museum are accepting donations to enable with renovation charges and can be manufactured as a result of the Marion County Community Training Basis.

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