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The Real Rosewood Paperback – February 1, 2003

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: BookEnds Press (February 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0972492631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972492638
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,411,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lizzie Jenkins, Founder, President and Director of The Real Rosewood Resource Center and author of newly released, The Real Rosewood Volume I, which commemorates eighty years of Rosewood's history.

Jenkins, a lifelong resident of Archer, Florida, where she attended public school, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1957. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Memorial College and a Master's Degree from Nova University. She retired from Alachua County Schools after thirty-three years to care for her mother and validate her family's history. She began a proactive search making phone calls, traveling to Rosewood and throughout Levy County, interviewing, documenting, taking pictures, and authenticating her family's collection of Rosewood documents, which was handed down to her by her mother and aunt. Rosewood was a productive town, a majority colored population on the move for upward mobility. At the turn of the century real people exhibiting family pride, spiritual growth and loyalty lived in this legendary town of a kindred spirit. Self-governing workers demonstrating mutual respect for each other was evident. However, when the curtains were drawn January 5, 1923, none of the Rosewood survivors could exclaim, "And We Lived Happily Ever After." Encouraged by my mother, Theresa Brown Robinson, historian, and sister to Rosewood's schoolteacher, Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier, prompted the launching of a comprehensive study on Rosewood's history detailing its grosses and losses before, during, and after Rosewood. "YOU MUST SEARCH tax rolls, vital statistics, census records, property deeds, death certificates, marriage certificates and library documents. Evaluate your findings and compare them with Aaron and Mahulda Carrier's in-house files." Rosewood survivors, Aaron and Mahulda Carriers are two of Rosewood's most creditable history providers to the niece, Jenkins', study of truth. The history of Rosewood has been dormant for more than eighty years and a tragedy of this magnitude requires more than a few months of research to authenticate and corroborate its existence and demise. Jenkins made herself viable and visible in each community interviewing local people with knowledge of Rosewood. She speaks at schools, churches, conferences, colleges, and universities telling her family's history from a personal point of view., an innersoul charge from her mother, to educate people about the 1923 insurgence of a mob, who in all probability used this incident to vent their indignation on a flourishing community."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By frank beisler on September 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have just completed my fifth reading of your book "The True Story of Rosewood." The book certainly brought back a flood of memories of my investigation of this case from 1994 through 1999. As you know, I am an investigator with the Civil Rights Division of the Florida Attorney General's Office in Ft. Lauderdale and I was assigned to this case in early 1994. My assignment was to determine precisely what occurred in Rosewood during the week of January 1923 and to develop a list of names of the people who lived in Rosewood during that time. I then traced the descendants of those residents from 1923 to 1994. I created a list of 1,308 descendants, and managed to locate all but eight people. I was also required to locate any survivors of the Rosewood massacre who were still alive in 1994, and to provide information as to the legitimate residency of descendants who filed claims with the State for compensation. This was a massive undertaking for our office and for me personally.
As I began to search the records in the courthouse in Alachua County, I not only located a great deal of the information I was seeking, but I managed to locate ten people who were survivors of that terrible week. As I interviewed each of them, I began to realize just how much the people of Rosewood endured during a very tragic time. I tried to imagine myself living in Rosewood during a time when people suffered so much every day, and I tried very hard to understand what it must have been like to have a family murdered and property destroyed simply because of the color of one's skin. I was devastated by the thought that human beings can do so much harm to one another because of who or what they are. I was very much affected by the results of my investigation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gregory on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Real Rosewood is a truthful compeling most accurate depiction of the tragic events which acurred in Rosewood florida in 1923. This book will not only provide information and records of residents at the time, but will also elimenate the need for expensive tours which provide little information on the subject. I will definately be ordering the second volume which should be available in 2004.
Thanks for the time, Matt & Jennifer Gregory
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