Broward County Historical Commission Presents "Stories of Our Past: A History Across Broward Initiative"

The Historical Commission, located at historic West Side School.

The Historical Commission, located at historic West Side Grade School.

DATE: February 28, 2014
Historical Commission
PHONE: 954-357-5553

. - The Broward County Historical Commission, located at the historic West Side Grade School, 301 Harmon (S.W. 13) Ave., Fort Lauderdale, will host its March Brown Bag Historical Lunch Program beginning at noon on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in the Helen Landers Room.

History is made each and every day! Come and join us and see how a group of local students from Boyd H. Anderson High School are impacting the preservation of local history through the History Across Broward Initiative. The program is sponsored through grants from the Broward County YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and the Broward Education Foundation. Students are engaged in service learning projects in an effort to research, share and preserve Broward’s history.

Boyd H. Anderson High School students will discuss their historic preservation project of Woodlawn Cemetery, a historic African-American cemetery. Students will discuss some of the individuals buried at the cemetery and how those individuals influenced the history and development of Broward County.

A large portion of the cemetery was paved over in the 1970s when I-95 was built. Last year, the Florida Department of Transportation changed its plan to expand I-95 and chose to preserve the historic site. With this in mind, students decided that it was important to gather and document as much information as possible about those laid to rest in the cemetery.

Attendees should bring their own lunch. Light refreshments will be offered. Parking is available on the east and west side of the Historical Commission building in unnumbered parking spaces and those marked yellow. Guests are advised to avoid parking in the white and black numbered spaces to the south and west of the building. On-street parking is also available on adjacent streets. For additional information about the program, call the Historical Commission offices at 954-357-5553.

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