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Coffee and Conversations: The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Fighting Baileys: Florida’s Black Military Experience

During World War II and Korean War, seven brothers from a black Punta Gorda family served overseas. Yet, the family received no acclaim for over fifty years for their exploits. From a high-flying Tuskegee airman to a grunt in the Red Ball Express, the Bailey brothers’ struggles in a Jim Crow south speak to the hidden and ongoing struggle to accord black Americans in their place in the military.

James Abraham is a former journalist who now edits and publishes books. His Book-Broker Publishers, which he founded in 2004, has produced and edited more than 500 books in a variety of genres. Abraham is a writing coach, critic, and lecturer. He has conducted the longest-running race relations class in Charlotte County. A graduate of Oberlin College, Abraham is the author of Century: A People’s History of Charlotte County.

This program is part of exhibition programming for The School : The Story of George Washington Carver and Black Education in Citrus County on view at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum August 3 through October 9, 2024. Visitors can explore this interactive digital exhibit to hear stories of struggle, perseverance, and resolve from the Black community of Citrus County through the stories of the George Washington Carver Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School, as they made a way out of no way and built a vibrant community before, during, and after segregation.

Registration is required to attend this program. This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Citrus County Historical Society. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

August 22 @ 7:00 pm -
August 22 @ 8:30 pm


Presenter Information:
James Abraham, Editor and Publisher
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Event Registration Link:
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Event Contact:

Lindsey Gilbert Hinnrichs
(352) 341-3428

Event Venue:

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
1 Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450
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Venue Phone:
(352) 341-3428

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