The Little Town that Unity Built
Punta Gorda has been described as a “unique sociology” because of its biracial settlement and development. In this presentation, Queen Andrews, an African-American pioneer describes the five factors that made Punta Gorda a model for interracial unity in the Jim Crow era of the early 1960s.
Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over twenty-five years, she was a consultant and trainer for issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class for school districts, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations. She is the author of A Time for Change: How White Supremacy Ideology Harms All Americans, released in September 2022, The Womb Rebellion, and is a monthly contributor to wsimag.org.