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Millie Gildersleeve- 465

Posted By Genesis Del Castillo, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Millie Gildersleeve's Garden 

2530 W. 10 AVE. Hialeah, FL

As Isabel Allende once said "We only have what we give”. There are few people who dedicate their life and who they are towards helping others--people who are dedicated towards giving rather than taking. Millie Gildersleeve is clearly one of those people. Gildersleeve was a freed slave from Georgia, who moved to Florida becoming the first black resident of what is now known as Palm Beach. Gildersleeve was the mother of five children and the midwife to many Floridian immigrants. She worked as a midwife for Doctor Richard Potter (the first doctor of the city) and at times when a baby was being born, he would sound his whistle and Millie would rush out ready to help.  Millie was without doubt an inspiring character in the history of Florida.               

The garden in memory of Millie Gildersleeve was planted at Bright Elementary School in the city of Hialeah. An elementary school was chosen to commemorate this Floridian because as a midwife, Millie helped give birth to many children and participated in expanding the population of children. I believe there is no better place to honor this than a school where children are able to grow and expand their knowledge and truly become someone. Millie was known as the mother of many children, in this same way teachers can also be viewed in today’s society. By honoring her in a place like a school which is filled with children, one honors the fruit of her seed.


CREDIT LINE: © 2009 historical society of palm beach county  

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