Celebrating Black History

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From discovering a prehistoric archaeological site to founding a private school that has grown into a nationally recognized university, African Americans have made significant contributions to our city's heritage and history. We value these influential leaders and celebrate their achievements.

Banners on roadways recognize Black leaders WEB_Banners_Feb 24 2021

In a spirit of unity, the city partnered with the Midtown Community Development Corporation and developed a street banner series in the Midtown area for the fourth year. Starting in February, banners featuring local African American pioneers will be displayed on International Speedway Boulevard, from Nova Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. For individual's biographical information, please visit this webpage

This year's Icons include:

  • Dr. Norwaird Biggins 
  • Emma Brinkley 
  • Edwin “Ed” Charles 
  • Charles W. “Chuck” Cherry, II 
  • Dr. Neill O. Crosslin 
  • Lucius Henry Davis 
  • Horace E. Hill, Esquire 
  • Harold V. Lucas Sr. 
  • Dr. Stimon Meeks 
  • Freddye Clay Moore 
  • John. R. Parnell, MD. 
  • William D. Prince 
  • Ralph Robinson 
  • Samuel O. Rogers 
  • Nettie Ryan 
  • Peggy H. Wesley 
  • Janice Marie Wilson 
  • Judge Freddie J. Worthen 

2023 Icons include:

  • Rev. Carl F. Brinkley
  • Julia Mae Troutman Cherry
  • James F. Daniels
  • Vernon L. Echols
  • Jennie Mae Fudge
  • James Griffen Greene
  • Josie Queen James
  • Earl C. McCrary, II
  • Jack "Cy" McClairen
  • Fannie H. Counts McNorton 
  • Andrew J. Moore, Sr. 
  • Cardy Moten, Sr, 
  • Ralph A. Singleton, Sr. 
  • Daisy Hardy Stocking
  • Robert K. Wright
  • Rufus "Buddy" Young, Jr. 

2022 Icons include:

  • Dr. Cleo S. Higgins
  • John H. Dickerson Sr.
  • George Thayer
  • Dr. Oswald P. Bronson
  • Theodore Roosevelt "Chief" Faircloth
  • Thaddeus S. Gooden 
  • John Tolliver
  • Dr. Charles M. Hendricks
  • Edward H. "Creamy" Hayes Jr.
  • Rabie J. Gainous Jr. 
  • George W. Engram, Sr.
  • Senorita Locklear
  • Rev. Rudolph Gonzalez "Bunky" Matthews
  • Turie T. Small
  • Joseph Harris
  • Dufferin Harris

2021 Icons include:

  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Mary Evelyn Bonner
  • Rose Marie Bryon
  • Minnie Wiggins Campbell
  • Charles W. Cherry Sr.
  • Samuel James “Rip” Collins Jr.
  • Dr. Evelyn Stocking Crosslin
  • James E. Huger Sr.
  • Keturah Thompson Jackson
  • Merrell Charles Lloyd
  • Dr. Richard V. Moore Sr.
  • Jack (Jackie) Roosevelt Robinson
  • Yvonne Scarlett-Golden
  • LeRosa Smith
  • Herbert Thompson
  • Howard Thurman

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored for MLK Day EC_MLK Banners_Jan 15 2021

In January, banners honoring the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were installed on street poles on International Speedway Boulevard from Nova Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

The banners are part of an initiative led by the Midtown Community Development Corporation and Zone 6 City Commissioner Paula R. Reed. 

Black Heritage Trail

To most residents and visitors, Daytona Beach is best known as the “World's Most Famous Beach." But much of the city’s history, especially that of its African American citizens, is little known and even less recognized. The Daytona Beach Black Heritage Trail is designed to illustrate the many aspects of the city’s black heritage.

Share the Heritage Trail – African American Heritage

The Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a Share The Heritage Trail, which encourages visitors to explore the Daytona Beach area’s rich African American history, historical sites and legendary legacies. View their map and learn more about these influential local Black leaders.