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Confused about Rosewood

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I don't know what to make of this dispute. The records as well as many living memories from 1982-1983 suggest that both Ms. Jenkins and Mr. Dunn, though  disagreeing with one another, are also both mistaken. On the one hand, extensive evidence shows that as late as 1910 or so a Masonic lodge for African Americans did exist at Rosewood, though it may have been in disuse by 1923--the community attacked in 1923 had sharply declined. But on the other hand, the land documents are vague about the exact location of the old lodge building, and at any rate it was a frame building apparently moved to the spot and probably mounted on piers, so the purpose of an excavation is unclear. Bricks at places in the Rosewood site were examined in 1994 by the FDLE, and the best guess is they came from one of several turpentine stills that were operating there around 1900 - 1905. The upshot of all these implications is to wonder about the seriousness of the present search for the truth. Many of the truths about Rosewood can be had without backhoes or archaeologists' trowels, but are apparently being ignored. So, what is being looked for? 

Gary Moore,


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