The Real Rosewood Foundation, Incorporated is supported by a diverse and nonpartisan Board of Directors, Honorary Members and Volunteers.

Founder’s Message

Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins

Epic year, 1992, I began my journey researching, authenticating and documenting Rosewood’s truths as directed by my mother, the sister of Rosewood teacher.

Succinct and to the point, “You must tell Sister’s story, a name she affectionally graced her sister. I had struggled for years since ’92, to let people know that Black lives do matter, even before the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became a part of our collective consciousness.

The foundation, established in 2003, has sought to preserve knowledge, spread awareness and foster cultural sensitivity around a massacre that wiped out the small black majority community of Rosewood, Florida, nearly a century ago.

Even now, I am committed to keeping the story of the 1923 Rosewood massacre alive. History is who I am. “We are our ancestors replaying and reflecting on the civil rights work laid down by by previous generations building bridges for future generations”. Unless we remember our children will not understand. Remembering is an integral part of moving forward and educating people who did not know the seriousness of hate and injustice.

It is bringing forth awareness of the experiences that Black people in America have endured all our lives. I remember the 1960 civil rights lunch counter sit-ins, F.W. Woolworth store in St. Augustine, Florida. I witnessed by sitting down.

Today it is my work and your work to stand up, stand in solidarity and empower this generation. We must tell what others held secretly. It’s history and that’s who we are.

I have dedicated my life keeping the memory of Rosewood alive. My passion was fueled by the stories my mother told me in second person. Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier and my favorite Aunt.

I am continuously humbled and honored to meet people and invite them to join in and help make Archer the capital of truth and reconciliation.

Historically anchored,
Miss Lizzie

Learn more about Lizzie


Rosewood Board Executive Officers

   

Mrs. Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Jenkins
President/Founder/CEO of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
http://www.rosewoodflorida.com established 2003
Retired Educator, Historian, Researcher and Published Author
Graduate of Florida Memorial University, Miami, Florida
Resides in Archer, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. John M. Jenkins, Sr.
Co-Founder of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
http://www.rosewoodflorida.com established 2003
Retired Transit Operator Gainesville Regional Utility
President Jenkins’ Manager, Retired GRU
Resides in Archer, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. Pedro Jermaine
Vice President of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Rosewood Resident Artist www.pedrojermaine.com
Asset Management Clerk Tower Hill Insurance
Graduate of University of Florida
Resides in Lake City, Florida, Columbia County

Vacant –

Executive Board Chair


Mrs. Joy Glanzer
Secretary for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Broker www.glanzerrealty.com
Graduate of University of Florida
Resides in Newberry, Florida, Alachua County

Vacant

– Treasurer

Ms. Tamika T. Hicks
Finance Committee Member Medicaid Benefits Counselor Elder Options
Graduate of University of Florida
CEO Families United Network LLC www.famunitednetwork.com
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Ms. Ashley L. McClellan
Administrative Assistant of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Stephen Foster Elementary School Teacher
The Concrete Rose Foundation, Org. http://www.theconcreterosefoundation.org
Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida
Consultant MYVILLAGE PROJECT, INC. http://www.myvillageproject.com
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Mayor Jordan Marlowe, Newberry City
Parliamentarian, John Wright House Restoration Project
EJI/Education Curriculum/Documentary, Bailey Sarian Episode
African American History Teacher facebook.com/JordanMarlowe
Mediator of EJI Project, Legacy Museum Montgomery, Alabama
Resides in Newberry, Florida, Alachua County

Dr. Kalai Mathee
Director of Museum/Memorial for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Florida International University jmm.microbiologyresearch.org
Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Resides in Miami, Florida, Dade County

Mrs. Hazel Gillis
Scholarship for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
President of Branch ASALH asalh.org
Resides in Jacksonville, Florida, Duval County

Attorney William “Bill” Cervone
Rosewood Historical Landmark, Consultant
Former State Attorney Eighth Judicial Circuit
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. Jamar Hebert
Program Designer for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
J. HEBERT Companies www.jamarhebert.com
Graduate of Phoenix University, Phoenix, Arizona
Resides in Newberry, Florida, Alachua County

Mrs. Anita Jenkins-McCarter
Assistant to the Rosewood President
Retired Branch Librarian
Resides in Waldo, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. Dwight Samuel, Jr.
Co-Owner of AutoER www.theautoer.com
Graduate of University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Resides in Alachua, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. George Gillis
Rosewood Military Men for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Resides in Jacksonville, Florida, Duval County

Ms. Princess Cooper
CEO, Never Had It So Good Sports Media, LLC.
Developer and Founder of www.nhisgmedianetwork.com

Mrs. Carol Valesques Richardson
Alachua County Cultural Arts Administrator
News and Public Affairs Director at WUBA 88.1 FM

Mrs. Deandra Caison
We Insure Agency owner in Gainesville, Florida
WE INSURE Insurance Agent weinsuregainesvillefl.com
Resides in Alachua, Florida, Alachua County

Dr. Alice Walton
Rosewood Chaplain
CIGMA
NAACP Radio Host Magic 101.3

Mr. Leontre Robinson
Honorary Member and Godson
Freshman Student 2021-2025
Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Rosewood Ambassadors

Mr. and Mrs. Ian and Hannah Stone It is with much honor, respect and humbleness I graciously accept your generous donation of the John Wright Historic Rosewood house. It means to me more than words can express when you said, We want to help Miss Lizzie accomplish her vision!” My prayer of worthy praise and perseverance, “I hope to live up to your vision to build and rebuild the deliverance needed to expand the normalcy of our democracy!” I met you January 2021 and never knew you were aware of my Rosewood vision. God at work. “When God is in the plan, the plan is in his hands.” My belief.

Ms. Dale E. Williams
Primary member of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
University of Florida
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Ms. Rosemary Christy
Primary member of The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Former Educator University of Florida
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Mrs. Toni Collins
First supporter to help locate files and folders
Resides in Chiefland, Levy County

Ms. Bailey Sarian
Producer of Dark History Podcast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYEdn3rn8sg&t=1510s
Bailey introduced Rosewood to her listeners and created a match fund for TRRF.

Mr. Freddie Wehbe
Filmmaker: Filmed Commercial for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Make It Happen Studios http://www.makeithappenstudios.info
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Mr. Gerald A. Urso
Researcher for Rosewood Masonic Magnolia Lodge #148
Masterful Researcher for Prince Hall Freemasonry
Resides in Jacksonville, Florida, Duval County

Ms. Melody Vaughn
Healing Rosewood Homes (renovate) by Design Rosewood Descendants
Resides in New York and Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. Rob Murphy
Rosewood Poet Laureate and coauthored Lizzie’s Rosewood Race
Resides in Newberry, Florida

Mr. Gabriel Hill
Rosewood Marketing Agent
Resides in Tampa, Hillsborough County

Attorneys Jeffrey Meldon & Chris Qualmann
Podcaster for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Former Congressman Ted Yoho Represented the 3rd District of Florida
Introduces Rosewood Historical Landmark
Introduced Rosewood History and Miss Lizzie to C-SPAN
Library of Congress Librarian Dr. Carla Hayden
Dr. Maxine Jones Rosewood Lead Investigator
Attorney Steve Hanlon, Rosewood Pro Bono Lawyer
Mary Johnson, Florida Director of Libraries
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Gabi Bucataru
Filmmaker, pro colorist and digital content creator specializing in creative
storytelling and documentary formats * http://www.photogabi.com
Resides in Chicago, IL

Dr. Sheila Allison-Wells
Catalogues Rosewood Artifacts and Collections
Simmons College * Meharry Medical School * Residency Wayne State University
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Deputy Chief Investigator Darry Lloyd
Co-produced TRRF Commercial
Resides in Gainesville, Florida, Alachua County

Mr. Chris Mathews
Website Engineer for The Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc.
Software Quality Assurance Engineer / Test Automator
Resides in Maine and Gainesville, Florida

Rosewood Board Chairs

Rosewood Centennial 2023: January 1
Mr. Pedro Jermaine

Rosewood Annual Gala
Virginia Lynn-Brinson

Rosewood Special Zoning
Mrs. Joy Glanzer

Rosewood Museum and Memorial Director
Dr. Kalai Mathee

Rosewood John Wright’s House Restoration
Mayor Jordan Marlowe

Rosewood Teacher Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Scholarship
Mrs. Hazel Gillis

Rosewood Peace and Healing Return Ceremonies
Mr. John M. Jenkins Sr.

Rosewood Military Men
Mr. George Gillis

Rosewood Honorary Members

Dr. Maxine D. Jones
Principal Author and Investigator of “The Rosewood Incident” for The Florida Legislature

Dr. Larry Dye

Dr. David Cloburn

Attorney Steve F. Hanlon, Holland and Knight
Pro Bono Public Lawyer for Rosewood members
Resides in Tampa, Florida

Resides in Tallahassee, Florida Dr. Jaffus Hardrick
President of Florida Memorial University, My Alma Mater
Resides in Miami, Florida

Dr. Carla Hayden, Library of Congress Librarian
First African American Librarian appointed by President Obama
Resides in Washington, D.C.

Attorney Steve F. Hanlon, Holland and Knight
Pro Bono Public Lawyer for Rosewood members
Resides in Tampa, Florida

Ms. Marva Coward State Librarian and Rosewood contributor Resides in Tallahassee, Florida

Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut
Advocated for Rosewood Family Scholarship
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Ms. Marie Monroe Ames
Rosewood descendant and great granddaughter of Martine Goins, Rosewood cofounder
Resides in West Palm Beach, Florida

Mrs. Margaret Woodard Jones Rosewood parents are Sarah Woodard and Daniel Logan Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Mrs. Margaret Kruse
Granddaughter of Rosewood train conductor William C. Bryce
Resides in Bryceville, Florida

Attorney Abby Ellzey
Great great grandniece of John Wright, Rosewood store merchant
Resides in Jacksonville, Florida

Mrs. Phoebe Walker Hughes
Levy County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Walker sister. Initiated family connection
Resides in Orlando, Florida

Mrs. Leah Kitchen
Levy County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Walker granddaughter
Resides in Houston, Texas

Mr. Fred Davis
Levy County Sheriff Robert “Bob” Walker nephew
Resides in Chiefland, Florida

Ms. Amy Johnson
Florida State Director Librarian
Resides in Tallahassee, Florida

Mr. Eric Godet, GGCC President
GGCC donated complimentary membership
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Mrs. Ilene Silverman, Host
The Ilene Silverman Show interviewed President Lizzie Jenkins
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Charles S. Williams
UF Professor Emeritus organized TRRF finances.
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Sheriff Clovis Watson, Jr.
Former board member of TRRF.
Resides in Alachua, Florida

Ms. Teri Jones
Initial Rosewood artifacts/catalogue
Resides in Melbourne, Florida

Mrs. Linda Williams
Served as chairperson for Mahulda Gussie Brown Carrier Scholarship
Resides in Gainesville, Florida

Ms. Jessica Shareen
Great great great grandniece of Mary Jane Hall Wright
Resides in New Jersey

Rosewood Historians

The work of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Incorporated is made possible by the enduring legacies of the Rosewood historians (past, present and future). They have kept the memory of Rosewood alive through shared intergenerational knowledge. Four generations of Archer, Florida, Alachua County, family historians.

Juliann Sams1826-1926
Lizzie Polly Sams Brown1871-1938
Mahulda Gussie Brown Sams Carrier1894-1948
Theresa Marie Brown Sams Robinson1902-1997
Dorothy Mae Robinson Brown Sams Samuel1932-1992
Lizzie Polly Robinson Brown Sams Jenkins1938