Below you will find a collection of photos from Sarasota’s segregated past. The majority are posted, with permission, from the personal collection of Jetson Grimes, and additional contributions of historical ads and newspaper clippings from The Sarasota County History Center, with a thank you to Jeff LaHurd. They range from the early 20th century to the present, from baseball teams and segregated beauty pageants, to advertisements for the KKK’s circus. Please share your stories at the bottom of the page and email email@example.com to submit a picture of your own!
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Thank you Mr. Grimes for this history! My grandmother is Mrs. Mary Lee Howard sitting to the left of Mrs. Suarez in the black dress in the Charmette’s Women’s Club. Kisses to Mrs. Ramel Grimes for raising me in the church. My church mother! Love yall.