FLOR500, Garden 31 Zebulon Elijah, Public Official (1836–1910) Born a slave on the Bright farm near Milton, Zebulon Elijah learned to read, write, and speak French and Spanish fluently. He was the first black Pensacolian to serve in the Florida Legislature during Reconstruction, from 1872 to 1874. He was appointed Postmaster and Chief Customs Agent for the Pensacola Postal District in 1874, and was one of the founders of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola.
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Zebulon Elijah, Public Official

(1836–1910)

Born a slave on the Bright farm near Milton, Zebulon Elijah learned to read, write, and speak French and Spanish fluently. He was the first black Pensacolian to serve in the Florida Legislature during Reconstruction, from 1872 to 1874. He was appointed Postmaster and Chief Customs Agent for the Pensacola Postal District in 1874, and was one of the founders of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola.





 




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