January 29, 2022

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Residence still left standing just after Rosewood massacre to be moved to Archer

A 166-year-previous piece of historical past sought after by activists will eventually be preserved as a area to train the group about an disregarded and bloody massacre in nearby Levy County.

On July 14, the Serious Rosewood Basis announced it will soon very own the John Wright Property, the only creating to withstand an indignant Ku Klux Klan mob that set fire to the typically Black town of Rosewood just about 100 years back.

The foundation operates to find Rosewood survivors and descendants whilst preserving the record of the massacre.

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Lizzie Jenkins, the group’s CEO, reported it was her enthusiasm for the Wright House’s historical past that secured the donation.

Past year, Jenkins introduced herself to Ian Stone, who acquired the Wright House in April 2020, though top a tour group at a close by Rosewood memorial web page. 

“I assume he picked up the enthusiasm in my heart,” she said.

During a different take a look at to the dwelling in February, Stone informed Jenkins he and his spouse ended up advertising the property. Stone initially provided the making to Jenkins for $100,000, offered the team could shift the property off of the home.

In July, Jenkins, associates of the basis and the Stone family achieved to explore facts of the sale over lemonade and cookies on the porch of the Wright Dwelling.

But Stone revealed he planned to donate the developing to the Real Rosewood Basis.

A photo on display at the Thomas Center in Gainesville in January 2009 shows a burning cabin from the Rosewood community.

“All of us almost fell around out of our chairs,” Jenkins explained. “I was just totally taken aback.”

Basis hopes to create small reproduction of Rosewood in Archer

The Serious Rosewood Basis has a Memorandum of Comprehension with the Stones and expects to receive a deed for the constructing shortly. In the meantime, the basis is operating on a way to shift the residence off of the Stones’ house and onto its personal about 35 miles absent.