Historically anchored. Rising together.

Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the history of Rosewood, Florida.

Our Mission

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The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. endeavors to empower humanity by exploring the Rosewood journey and legacy to develop a better future for all. We are dedicated to preserving the history of Rosewood, Florida through research, education, and public programs.

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Foundation History

The Foundation was established in 2003 by Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins, the niece of Rosewood survivors, Aaron and Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier. Jenkins established the organization to develop a timeline of historical events, identify lost survivors, and locate descendants. The Foundation is a result of Jenkins’ ongoing effort to research and document the community of Rosewood; a charge passed down to her from her mother and aunt.

Rosewood Historians

The work of the Foundation is made possible by the enduring legacies of the Rosewood Historians (past and present). They have kept the memory of Rosewood alive through shared intergenerational knowledge.

Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier (1894 – 1948)
Mahulda Carrier was the aunt of Lizzie Jenkins and the Rosewood schoolteacher. She was born in Archer, Florida and moved to Rosewood in 1915, where she lived until the massacre in 1923. In 1917, she married Aaron Carrier, who was beaten nearly to death during the massacre after being falsely accused of assaulting Fannie Lou Taylor. After the events of 1923, Mahulda & Aaron moved over 15 times out of fear for their lives and would visit her family in Archer in secret.

Theresa Marie Brown Robinson (1902 – 1997)
Theresa Robinson was the mother of Lizzie Jenkins and the sister of Mahulda Carrier. She never lived in Rosewood but was given firsthand accounts of the brutality and senseless loss of life and property, as witnessed by her sister and brother-in-law.

Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins (1938 – )
Lizzie Jenkins is descended from a long line of historians, history makers, and storytellers. She is the 2nd generation Rosewood historian, keeping the legacy of Rosewood, Florida alive. She is the foremost expert on the Rosewood massacre, stemming from nearly 30 years-worth of archival and investigative research.