Seminole County Unveils New Historical Marker in Winwood/East Altamonte Community

Posted on: 5/25/2017 11:29:03 AM

Event Date: 6/2/2017

Seminole County Unveils New Historical Marker in Winwood/East Altamonte Community

Photo Opportunity:
Winwood Community Historical Marker Dedication
Presented by Seminole County Historical Commission & Commissioner Lee Constantine
325 Station Street, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
Friday, June 2, 2017, 3:30-4:00PM

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017)- Seminole County Historical Commission along with Seminole County will unveil a new historical site marker dedicated to the Winwood community in East Altamonte Springs on June 2. Remarks will be delivered by Seminole County Board of County Commissioners District 3 Commissioner Lee Constantine.

The unincorporated community of Winwood is a historic African- American neighborhood, founded in the early 1900's by fern and citrus farm workers. Winwood began as part of the City of Altamonte Springs in the 1920’s, when black residents comprised 40% of the city’s populace. Following World War II, Condor Merritt, one of Central Florida’s most powerful African Americans, purchased and developed the area. In 1951, Merritt and 80 other residents won a lawsuit to split from the city, contending that they were being taxed but did not receive equal services. Eighty acres were separated from the city, creating the unincorporated community known as Winwood.

Winwood was also the home of the Rosenwald School, one of a number of rural Southern schools opened during segregation by Julius Rosenwald to educate African-American students. Alcee Hastings, a congressman since 1993 and former Federal Judge, was born in Winwood and attended the Rosenwald School. In 2014, Altamonte Springs became a stop on the SunRail commuter train line, within walking distance of Winwood’s community. Winwood has since undergone extensive redevelopment, but many descendants of the original families still call it home.

The historical marker is sponsored by Picerne Real Estate Group, a national real estate management and development firm, which recently completed construction of The Pointe at Merritt Street in the Winwood community. The Pointe will feature seven buildings with 159 affordable housing units.

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