February 5 at 7:00pm Wednesday Lecture Series
LIZZIE JENKINS - SPEAKER: PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF ROSEWOOD
A Rosewood descendant, Lizzie Robinson Jenkins has spent over twenty-five years researching and fact-finding on Rosewood and its tragedy. She was instrumental sharing much family information for the Rosewood movie.
Her Aunt, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, an Archer, Florida, native, was the Rosewood schoolteacher, 1915-1923 and a 1923 Rosewood survivor. She and Jenkins mother provided oral histories of events and of Rosewood families.
These stories encouraged Jenkins to further seek the truth about Rosewood . Once she started her journey, she was motivated to research the laws of Florida during that era and unveil the dirty hidden secrets of Rosewood as told by her aunt to her mother and from her mother to Jenkins.
Jenkins secured the Rosewood Historical Marker making certain her aunt’s name is encrypted as Rosewood’s teacher. The 2000 Great Floridians initiative recognized her 2000 Great Floridian. She’s a member of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Democratic Women Club, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Archer Historic Society, ACPO, Charmettes, Matheson History Museum, League of Women Voters, Florida’s Sheriff Association, Life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and NAACP.
Because of Mrs. Jenkins dedication to preserving the history of Rosewood, U.S Congressman Ted Yoho said, “Madam Speaker I rise today to honor the memory of Rosewood and reflect upon that tragedy that happened in 1923. Rosewood is a small rural town in my district and my constituent Lizzie Jenkins remembers the forgotten history. Congressman Yoho was the first elected official to acknowledge and recognize the Rosewood History in the Halls of Congress, CSPAN Live, July 25, 2019.
She is married to John M. Jenkins, Sr. and together they have six children.
Tickets for all live performances are non-refundable.