Museum Speaker Series: Strange Fruit in Florida

Feb 21, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2018-2019 Speaker Series: Strange Fruit in Florida by Tameka Hobbs

Despite its reputation as the “Sunshine State” and a tourist destination, Florida harbors a lengthy and painful history of racial violence. Dr. Tameka Hobbs examines the history of lynching and racial violence in Florida, outlining the overall arc of the “lynching era” in the United States, normal dated between 1882 and 1930, as these instances of extralegal violence became more sporadic in the 1940s. She also highlights to role of Harry T. Moore’s advocacy against lynching and in favor of civil rights for African Americans in Florida.

The Lake Wales Museum was awarded a Community Project grant of $5000 from the Florida Humanities Council.  These funds have been used to support a six-part speaker series, a project designed to present a range of topics by Florida expert historians, storytellers, researchers and authors to the community.  Each presentation focuses on different cultural themes throughout Florida’s history.  The speakers’ topics can cover a range of topics that are thought provoking, funny, nostalgic and many times challenging subjects to hear about such as slavery and cultural oppression.  Each presentation is designed to bring individuals closer to history.  

Each program begins at 6 PM, is free to the public and will include light refreshments.  Please RSVP to the Lake Wales Museum at 863-676-1759.

The Lake Wales Museum & Cultural Center is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is free and the first floor is accessible for persons with disabilities, wheelchairs and strollers. 

You may also be interested in Lake Wales Museum & Cultural CenterLake Wales Arts Center or Lake Wales