I grew up in the then-small town of Maitland, and right next door to us was history.
It was the town of Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African-American municipality.
It’s nice to see the two towns are doing something together; in this case, Maitland’s Art & History Museums highlighting Eatonville in two exhibitions.
Images of Eatonville: Then & Now are being presented in the museum galleries between August 16th and September 29th, with a second show – the Founding of Eatonville – being showcased in the Maitland Historical Museum between August 16th and October 6th.
Apparently André Smith who founded Maitland’s art complex was friends with novelist Zora Neale Hurston who lived in Eatonville, so it’s nice to see that the ties between the two remains.
In the ‘Images’ exhibit, you’ll see paintings of Eatonville created by Smith as well as contrasting photographs taken by present-day Rollins College students. The ‘Founding’ exhibition presents images and stories that depict the establishment of the city and its early residents from 1880-1910.
It’s an amazing history and it sounds like this will be an equally impressive presentation. I know I’ll be there.
For more information, visit www.ArtandHistory.org or call (407) 539-2181.