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Posted By Jose Ulfe, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Edge Garden"

Garden location: 10333 SW 76th Street, Miami FL

I’m dedicating this garden at Kendalltown to George E. Edgecomb. This man was an important Floridian because he was the first African American Assistant State Attorney, and in 1973, became the county’s first African American Circuit Judge. He lived in Tampa, where his legal career was a success. In a time when white males dominated all aspect of legal and political careers, George made his way up the ladder.

George died at the age of 33, in 1976. This is another reason to dedicate this garden to him. He did so much as an African American, as a person in general and he was so young. Unfortunately his life ended early because he had so much potential to continue making his way up in the legal world.

Obama, is our first African American president and he was elected in the year 2008. African Americans have gained equal rights and opportunities in this country thanks to early pioneers like George. People who wanted to chase their goals when they have a lot of struggles ahead deserve credit.

This garden will reside in Kendalltown where there aren’t many gardens at all. I’m going to take care of it for others to see and acknowledge. My goal is that it will gain attention so that others may be encouraged to plant gardens alongside it. I’m hoping to lead the way in an effort to make the location more beautiful with nature. George led the way in his own right, and I’m hoping to do something similar.

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