The author will discuss the history of Paradise Park in Silver Springs during segregation


An advocate for a historic marker at Paradise Park in Silver Springs, which was once designated for “people of color,” will speak next month at a local church.

Cynthia Graham, educator, photographer and speaker whose advocacy was instrumental in having the first black historic marker installed by the Bureau of Historic Preservation at the former entrance to Paradise Park, will speak about the history of the park at 4 p.m. September 16 at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists Church, located at 7280 SE 135th St. in Summerfield.

Paradise Park in Silver Springs was designated for “people of color” during segregation.

Paradise Park was a “colored people only” tourist attraction and recreation facility, as its sign stated, about a mile from Silver Springs, near Ocala, founded and operated by the same management. It operated from 1949 to 1969.

The author’s books will be on sale according to the program.

This will be the first in a series of monthly forums at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists. Masks will be required if the region’s COVID statistics remain high. A congregational potluck or outdoor refreshments will follow the forum based on area COVID statistics. For more information, call (240) 475-2111.

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