Orlando Heritage Sites

Orlando Heritage Sites

Orlando Heritage Sites include the first black town in Florida, the historically black district west of Downtown and a number of legacy black churches in greater Orlando.

Eatonville
DESCRIPTION: Twenty seven African American men, led by Joe Clarke, carefully planned and built the nation’s first incorporated, town for African Americans in 1887. Though self sufficient with a post office, clean water supply, ranches, a railroad station, Hotel Eatonville and Hungerford Normal & Industrial School, this was not a sleepy industrious town all the time — big name performing artists on the Chitlin’ Circuit played Club Eaton on Apopa Street. The town is most famous as the inspirational home of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), a true Renaissance sister. Zora, while interpreting life in Eatonville as fiction in her writing, is credited with exposing literary America and Europe to the realities of life for southern rural African Americans. She was also a great influence on Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Toni Cade Bambara; thanks largely to the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, the town is on the National Register of Historic Places and many original property lines and historic markers are in place allowing you to explore it at s leisurely pace. Thurston House, home to Zora Neale Hurston, located at 851 Lake Ave is now a Bed & Breakfast. The landmark Eatonville Water Tower is easily seen from I-4 Freeway.
ADDRESS: Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL MAP

Callahan Neighborhood
DESCRIPTION: Began in 1886, it is the oldest African American community in Orlando; civic leaders for the neighborhood led the efforts to restored and a establish historic markers for various sites in this post-Civil War community; in fact many Black soldiers from the Civil War settled here; how fitting that today the neighborhood center hosts many cultural events year round
ADDRESS: bounded by Colonial Drive, Central Ave, Division Street and Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL MAP

J.A. Colyer Building
DESCRIPTION: Built 1911 and housed the Colyer and Williams tailor shop, possibly the earliest African American business located among European American businesses in Orlando; it is currently a commercial establishment
ADDRESS: 27-29 West Church Street, Orlando, FL MAP

Urban League of Orlando
DESCRIPTION: This agency has a long history of advocacy and impact in Orlando’s African American community.
ADDRESS: 2512 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-841-7654
WEBSITE: http://www.metorlandoul.org

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: A large new church serving this historic community
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:45a and 11a
ADDRESS: 412 East Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-647-0010
WEBSITE: http://www.mdonia.org

St. Lawrence AME Church
DESCRIPTION: The oldest church in Eatonville, named after Lewis Lawrence who co-deeded Eatonville to Joe Clarke and the other Eatonville founders in 1887.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 605 East Kennedy Blvd, Eatonville, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-644-1021
WEBSITE: none

Greater Refuge Memorial Church
DESCRIPTION: This multi-colored brick edifice was built 1900 by African Americans; was formerly Old Ebenezer Church
ADDRESS: 596 West Church Street, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-872-1984
WEBSITE: http://www.refugeorlando.com

New Church of Faith
DESCRIPTION: a church whose mission is to win souls, meet needs, heal hurts, and love people; they also have a number of ministies for youths, couples and and men
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a and 11a
ADDRESS: 5000 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-296-2664
WEBSITE: http://www.newchurchoffaith.com

Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: This single story brick edifice built in 1920 is the oldest continuously open Baptist church in the region
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:30a and 10:45a
ADDRESS: 4077 Prince Hall Blvd, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-841-3658
WEBSITE: http://www.mtpm.org

New Bethel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: The church history dates back to a one story masonry edifice constructed in 1916 by Lawrence Silas, a prosperous black cattleman who owned about 50 miles of land; the newer church is a modern structure
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 4201 Columbia Street, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-847-4446
WEBSITE: http://www.newbethelameorlando.org‎

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: In 1880, the church was organized by the Rev. C. J. Scott; this Orlando Historic Landmark remains vibrant and engaged with community today and includes a nursey
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:45a and 10:45a
ADDRESS: 535 West Washington Street, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-423-0023
WEBSITE: http://www.mtzionmbic.com

Carter Tabernacle CME Church
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest continuous Black churches in central Florida
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:45a
ADDRESS: 1 South Cottage Hill Road, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-295-4931
WEBSITE: http://www.cartertabernaclecme.org

Masjid Al-Rahman
DESCRIPTION: The Islamic Society of Central Florida
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10:30a
ADDRESS: 1005 North Goldenrod Road, Orlando, FL MAP
PHONE: 407-273-8363
WEBSITE: http://www.iscf.org/s/

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