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OLLI ADVENTURES: NEWTOWN ALIVE TOUR
February 8 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WHAT: Bus tour of Newtown’s Historic Markers; approx. 2 hours
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 8
TIME: 10:30 a.m. depart Temple Beth Sholom parking lot; return 12:30 p.m.
An African-American pioneer named Lewis Colson, with a surveying party, drove the first stake into the ground to plat the town of Sarasota in 1885. Black labor built the community’s infrastructure, and enterprising people of color cleared snake-infested land for developers and harvested crops to fuel the local economy.
Join us for a guided, interactive tour showcasing the history of Sarasota’s earliest African-American pioneers and one of its oldest neighborhoods. Travel the same route they took to integrate the world’s most beautiful beaches. Meet unforgettable people with host Vickie
Oldham and a freedom song leader. Overtown and Newtown trailblazers share personal accounts of courage, dignity, and determination.
Guests view brief video clips of oral history interviews and receive a heritage trail brochure. There is a scheduled stop at Jetson’s Gallery.
An uplifting journey awaits you!