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GARDEN 200 Blanche Armwood, Educator, Community Activist, Civil Rights Activist

Posted By madeleine salazar, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Blanche Armwood was born on January 23, 1890 in Tampa, Florida. She was an educator and activist who worked to improve conditions for African Americans and women. I didn't even know this person existed before this project but she is such an inspiration to all women. Having surpassed so many obstacles to be able to go to school due to discrimination, she then dedicated her life to helping others in unfortunate situations as well.
She taught in the Florida public school system, was active in many organizations and was the first African American female from Florida to graduate with a law degree.

She also served as assistant principal at Tampa’s Harlem Academy School. Soon after, she was appointed as the first Supervisor of Negro Schools by the Hillsborough County School Board. During her tenure as Supervisor, Armwood established five new school buildings, increased black teacher salaries and extended the school year for blacks from six to nine months. She is also credited for establishing the Booker T Washington High School in 1926 for black youth in Tampa. This amazing  career she had improving education is why I chose to plant my seeds by Eagle Point Elementary, I didn't plant them directly on the school's property because I wasn't sure if I was allowed. However it is in a spot that most students walk by on their commute to school.The students can walk past the garden dedication and can appreciate that Blance Armwood is part of the reason their school system is the way it is today. Even after her death in 1939 she was honored years later by the state of Florida. In 1984, Congressman Michael Bilarkis and the Florida House of Representatives paid tribute to Armwood’s legacy. That same year, Blanche Armwood Comprehensive High School in Tampa was opened in her honor, today the school is called Armwood High School. She was truly an amazing human being and an inspiration to all.

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