A Taste of Monticello, Florida
DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS ABOUT MONTICELLO?
- Monticello is a city in Jefferson County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,533 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 2,572.
- Monticello is home to Indian mounds and many historic buildings, including the Perkins Opera House and Monticello Old Jail Museum.
- The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Monticello has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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Demographics of Monticello, Florida
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Howard Academy Educational & Recreational Council (HAERC) Receives Deed to the Old Howard Academy School, First High School for African Americans in Jefferson County, Florida
- Dedicated Group Realize Dream of Saving Local Historically Significant School -
Monticello, Florida -June 7, 2016 – For more than a year a small but committed group of Jefferson County residents have worked to secure and preserve a landmark of cultural and historical significance to the African American Community and the county. The Old Howard Academy High School located on Chestnut Street in Monticello, opened its doors to African American students in 1936 becoming the first high school for black students in Jefferson county.
The Academy provided students of color with an opportunity for an unprecedented organized education. “The Howard Academy was a vital part of the African American community and was the foundation for the education of students that yielded productive and professional members of the community”, said HAERC president, Louie Barrington.
After 1957 when another school on Second Street was built for African American students from grades 1 – 12 and with the integration of schools in the early 1970’s, Howard Academy was abandoned as a place of learning. The buildings were no longer a place of knowledge, culture and laughter but storage space for Jefferson county school district offices. The buildings were empty and deteriorating and the legacy of the Academy was slipping away with the dust of negligence.
HAERC was born from the appreciation of those who attended the Academy and from their desire to salvage their legacy and heritage from dust and decay. “We wanted to remind the residents and the county of the significant contribution the Academy made to the lives of the students that were educated within its walls. We came together to save our beloved school, accentuate its importance in our lives and our community. We want to give back a portion of that which the Howard Academy Experience gave to our lives. We want to make it again a place of learning, resources, community service and showcase those that have contributed to the wealth and culture of Jefferson County in the past. We want it to stand in perpetuity for those who will contribute to its growth, education, success and wealth for generations to come” Barrington said.
“Receiving the deed today from the School Board now begins the hard work, we will be asking the community, social organizations, churches, foundations, businesses and corporations to assist us in our fundraising efforts to restore that which changed so many young lives. We are excited and eager to begin the next phase of the Old Howard Academy School” said Louiza Collins, HAERC Treasurer.
The group will be hosting its open house/fundraising kickoff event on Saturday, August 7, 2016 on the site of the historic school. The family/community event will include games, food and cultural reflections of the community during the “good old school days” of the Academy said Mary Madison, HAERC Secretary.
About the Howard Academy Educational & Recreational Council (HAERC)
HAERC is based in Monticello, Florida and was established in 2015. It is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. HAERC’s mission is to restore the Howard Academy School to its construction state and house within its walls a facility for education, cultural history and community events for the residents of Jefferson County.
How to Make Donations
To make donations to this 5013c organization, to volunteer your services or time or for more information on the Howard Academy Restoration Project please contact Louie Barrington via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 850.728.2314. Donations are tax deductible.
AUGUST 6, 2016
YESTERYEAR COMMUNITY FAMILY DAY
Old Howard Academy Restoration Project Fundraising Event
Howard Academy was a significant part of the African American Community in Monticello for decades. This kick-off event to raise funds for its restoration will be a day of fun, poetry, games, food and music for the entire family. A day to reflect on the culture of the African American Community.
JACKS & MARBLES
TUG OF WAR
Old Fashioned Games
“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” James Baldwin
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Old Howard Academy School Yard
10:30 AM – 3:00PM
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Businesses in Monticello, Florida
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
- Totally Envogue Unisex Hair Salon - Category: Black Hair Salons - - 160 W Washington St
Monticello, Florida 32344-1954 (850) 342-1123
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
- Chicken Delite - Category: Wings Joint and Southern - Soul Food Restaurant
- 635 S Jefferson St Monticello, FL 32344 (850) 997-4939
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- Bethel AME Church - 410 East Yrk St
Monticello, FL (850) 997-6651 - (visit website)