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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Opening Reception for A Proud Heritage

Anthony Hodge in the Impact Center on Klondike Street

Please join the Winter Garden City Commission in celebrating 

The Opening of A Proud Heritage: Leading Winter Garden’s Historical African American Community Into the Future

on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm

At City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

On Exhibit at City Hall February 24 – April 30, 2020


This exhibit revisits Winter Garden’s African American community 20 years after it was documented in Small Town Orange County: The Central Florida Communities of South Apopka, Bithlo, East Winter Garden, and Taft,; a project of Orange County Government and the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida.

The original documentary, created in 1996, highlighted East Winter Garden, a community that had been the focus of a redevelopment initiative through Orange County Government’s Targeted Community Initiatives. Their efforts utilized a citizen-based collaborative process to identify and address the needs of traditionally under-served communities.

The photographs displayed in this exhibit were taken to capture the people of the East Winter Garden community. Although each person possess a unique identity, they share the bond of having lived in this neighborhood. Not only has the Targeted Community Initiative been successful in improving services within the community; there has also been a heightened sense of civic involvement.

In 2018, the City of Winter Garden, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, and Peter Schreyer of the Crealdé School of Art partnered to build on and update the original 1996 photo documentary. This year’s Featured Photographs showcase individuals and locations representative of East Winter Garden’s future, growth, and evolution. Looking back at the history of this proud community 20 years later and years thereafter, will inspire residents to create a stronger, unified Winter Garden.

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