Sway to its rhythm, tap into the neighborhood’s heartbeat, visit landmarks and meet its courageous trailblazers who built a thriving community. Newtown is a resilient community undergoing revitalization and redevelopment. It has a rich legacy and is located on Florida’s Cultural Coast considered “the cultural center of the southeastern United States.
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Buck O'Neil - Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Speech
In Memoriam: Rev. Wade Harvin Jr.
Wade Harvin’s favorite memories of Sarasota occurred when the family moved to Delson Quarters in June of 1945. He grew up surrounded by charming, caring neighbors and playmates whose eyes were always set on achieving what seemed impossible.
In this spirit, Harvin went on to become the first African American branch manager of Coast Federal Bank and participated in the 1960’s sit-ins to integrate Lido Beach. He would not step foot on its sand for many years to follow as a result of a hateful act, but because of the efforts of him and many others, all people today can enjoy the beautiful shores.
Rev. Wade Harvin Jr. passed away on April 10, 2019, but his impactful legacy will always be remembered by the community.
Pictured above: Wade Harvin
Get the Book!
A new book about the history of Sarasota’s African American community is now available. Find out why early settlers came to the tiny fishing village, how they made a living, and why they organized a self-sustaining neighborhood. The book also describes their religious and social traditions, medical and military history and their emphasis on education. Whether you are new to Sarasota, a frequent visitor, an educator, historian or a longtime resident trying to connect the dots in your family tree, we believe the personal stories of courage, dignity and determination of Newtown and Overtown residents will be enlightening and inspiring.
The men and women fought for equal rights, triumphed over Jim Crow segregation, KKK intimidation, and vigilante violence. A diverse group of historians, community scholars, a cultural anthropologist, historical architect and preservationist and volunteer researchers united to present the glorious history of strivers who refused to give up.