My important Floridian is John Henry Floyd. I was chosen to honor him as part of the 500 Floridians that are being honored in this project. However I am honored to write and contribute to continuing his legacy because he was a positive and upstanding man in his community and Florida and he had more than one agenda and he ensured he fulfilled them all. Some of his contributions were towards the religious community, in support of the black community and the real estate community in Sarasota. John Henry Floyd was born 1900 in Brandford, Fla. John Henry’s first profession was a contractor, but then he later became a Reverend. At the peak of the real estate boom in 1925, he moved to Sarasota. In Sarasota, he built many churches and buildings among the Newtown section of Sarasota.
Some of the important churches he built he also pastored until his passing were; New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, the Truevine Missionary Baptist Church and the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.
During World War II, John Henry contributed to the black community through constructing U.S.O. Recreation Center for black men, teaching construction at Booker High and was also president of the P.T.A. Floyd also contributed to the black community by building an old people’s home otherwise known as a retirement home for blacks as segregation was still prominent. Floyd raised funds through benefit concerts from which he was able to buy land and build the first Old Folks Aid Home. Floyd was president and director of the Old Folks Aid home from 1960-1967. As I said John Henry Floyd made many contributions to Sarasota as well as Florida through dedication to the blacks, religion and the betterment of his community through construction.