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NEWTOWN HISTORY MAKERS’ PANEL DISCUSSION WITH VICKIE OLDHAM
February 6 @ 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Newtown History Makers’ Panel Discussion with Vickie Oldham
2:30-4 p.m. • Wednesday, Feb. 6
TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
Fee: Free to Gold Members • $15 Silver Members/General Admission
To register, call 941-309-5111 or visit www.OLLIatRinglingCollege.org
Pre-registration suggested. No event refunds.
Tickets are transferrable.
Community scholar Vickie Oldham presents the “Newtown Alive” discussion session filled with examples of the courage, dignity, and determination of African-American residents and newcomers who arrived in Sarasota, saw work to be done, rolled up their sleeves, and began leading community transformation. African-American pioneer Lewis Colson came with a surveying team in 1885. Colson drove the stake into the ground at Five Points to plat the original town of Sarasota. He became a leader in Sarasota’s first black community known as
Overtown (later renamed the Rosemary District). Oldham discusses the groundbreaking initiative that has launched heritage tourism in Newtown and stimulates economic redevelopment.
Meet several Newtown “history makers” and hear their personal stories.