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The voices of those who lived when Florida was segregated can better explain history at the time. In an attempt to preserve history, Kitty Oliver, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, interviewed people who lived in Liberia, a predominately black town in Hollywood, during those years.

Sterling Collins

Sterling Collins was born in Dania in 1919. After finishing college as a valedictorian, he worked at his parent's store and then built his own. He was responsible for paving the streets of Liberia and putting the sewer system in the 50's. In his interview with Kitty Oliver he talks about growing up in Liberia and his earliest memories of racial discrimination. His son, Rodney Collins provides some background information to his father's memories.

Hosea Delavoe, Jr.

Hosea Delavoe, 73, moved to Liberia at age of 3. He talks about segregation and discrimination when he was growing up. He learned how to built houses from his father who was a builder and a contractor.

Gloria Hepburn

Gloria Hepburn, 80, was born in Miami in 1926. She wanted to go to college, but being unable to do so for financial reasons, she moved to Liberia in 1946. Seven years later, her daughter, Carmen Hepburn Draughn, was born in that town. Carmen, 52, is now a public health nurse for Broward County. During the interview, she remembers a time when she was oblivious to discrimination even though it existed.

Interviews provided by the African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
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