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Posted By Karen Villarreal, Thursday, April 17, 2014

GARDEN FOR NURSE FRYE planted at 10000 NW 138 Street Hialeah, FL 33018


Given the opportunity to plant a garden in honor of an important Floridian that helped shape the history of our peninsula, my garden was specially designed for a nurse who believed in equality and human rights. Nurse Clara C. Frye opened her home to a sick Afro-American patient who was refused treatment at the local hospital in Tampa in the early 1900’s. After treating one ill patient, Nurse Clara transformed her home into a small hospital, which ran off of donations. No patient was denied treatment because of inability to pay. Frye was able to care for many patients who were negated treatment at “white-only facilities.” While standing up for what she believed no one should be neglected of regardless of his or her race, she set her mark in history. An example to follow for her kind heart and generosity of treating ill individuals who could not afford treatment, Mrs. Frye is recognized as a Humanitarian. I decided to plant this garden at a local plant nursery in my city. I found the space adequate because it has many visitors and other beautiful plants surround the garden. With the seeds provided to me by Mr. Xavier Cortada I was excited to be able to contribute to the 500 gardens planted all around the state of Florida in commemorating important historians. With the sign posted I hope to bring awareness to other Floridians of how privileged we are to have Nurse Clara C. Frye be part of Florida’s history.

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