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Black History Month Featured at Polk History Center

Published on Feb 11, 2020

February is Black History Month, and it is a great time to visit the Polk County History Center to celebrate and learn about the vital contributions made by Polk’s black population to the early development of the county.

Each year, the History Center features a special guide, “Discovering Black History.” This guide helps visitors navigate Black history as they learn about key people, places and events in Polk, Florida and even nationwide.

Recently, Polk County Historical Commission member Jan Parham visited the History Center to explore some of the guide’s features, which include the early black settlements of Pughsville and Florence Villa, local athletes, judges and soldiers. New this year, is the inclusion of those involved in the suffrage movement.

If you want to do your own research into black history or black ancestry, the Historical and Genealogical Library will help. Their resources include draft cards of WWI black Americans, newspaper excerpts along with access to their vast electronic files and

While you are there, you can also pick up a complimentary copy of, “The Florida Black Heritage Trail,” and expand your knowledge of black history beyond the borders of Polk.