Loading Events

August Speaker Series Program: The Real Origins of Florida Tourism

About

John T. Foster, Jr. traces his Florida roots back to the 1880s. He went to seven different schools by the middle of seventh grade; he lived in Manhattan, Kansas; Gainesville, Florida; Naples, Florida, and four suburbs around Jacksonville before arriving at Florida State University in the 1960s with aspirations to be a historian and high school teacher. Ultimately, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in social studies and anthropology, a master’s in anthropology, and his doctoral degree in the design of post-secondary education. Foster taught for almost 40 years at the well-known historically Black university Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

Virtual Presentation

August 10

7 p.m.

 Foster has written three books documenting the efforts of abolitionists to create a place of genuine freedom for all Americans. His latest, “At the Dawn of Tourism in Florida: Abolitionists, Print Media, and Images for Early Vacationers,” and a second edition of “Calling Yankees to Florida: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Forgotten Tourist Articles,” are the basis for his presentation.

Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
If you have any questions pleascontact us.