An African American History of Alachua County

We are honored to welcome author and historian Lizzie P.R.B. Jenkins on Thursday, February 7, 2019, to share about the storied history of African Americans in Alachua County. Attendees must register for free via (

Alachua County’s African American ancestry contributed significantly to the area’s history. Once enslaved pioneers Richard and Juliann Sams settled in Archer as early as 1839. They were former slaves of James M. Parchman, who journeyed through the wilderness from Parchman, Mississippi. They and others shaped the county’s history through inventions, education, and a work ethic based on spirituality. Lizzie Jenkin’s book, “Alachua County, Florida (Black America Series),” shows people working together from the early 1800s rural farm life, when racial violence was routine, until African Americans broke the chains of injustice and started organizing and controlling civic affairs.

A book signing will follow her presentation.