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Garden 411 John Henry Floyd

Posted By Natalia Gomez, Monday, April 21, 2014

The important Floridian that I was assigned was John Henry Floyd. Floyd was born in Branford, Florida in 1900. Becoming a Reverend, he moved to Sarasota in 1925 and dedicated his life to building churches and buildings in lower income African American communities such as the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as pastor until his death. Floyd was also well-known for his dedication to establishing retirement homes for Sarasota’s black citizens. After fundraising through benefits concerts, Floyd built the first Old Folk Aid Home in 1960 and continued working with the home until 1967 where a new president a director took over. John Henry Floyd died on April 4, 1974.

I decided to plant my garden at the Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in South Miami. I chose this location because it is located in a lower income African American community such as the ones that Floyd dedicated his life to. Also, it is a place of worship so I felt it fit seeing as John Floyd was a reverend himself. I think this garden will appeal to those in the community because in a way, John Henry Floyd represents all of those people who dedicated their time to help build this church as well as the other buildings throughout this community. John Henry Floyd is example of an ideal citizen and represents a successful African American who spent his life giving back to the place where he came from. 

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