Save The Thomas House- Phase 1

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Raised by 11 people in 12 months
Save The Thomas House

"[Eatonville is] a city of five lakes, three croquet courts, three hundred brown skins, three hundred good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools, and no jailhouse." - Zora Neale Hurston

Hurston spoke a lot about her Florida hometown. She even featured it in her novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God". To say she had pride in it would be an understatement.

To say that any Eatonville native has hometown pride wouldn't even scratch the surface. There is something about growing up in an all Black town (and not the Black part of a white city) that gives us this air of dignity. 

My name is Antoinette Scully and I grew up in the small town of Eatonville. Not only that, I grew up in the oldest structure in Eatonville, a house that was built as the first church on the settlement. It was built by ex-slaves during the reconstruction era.

Built in 1881, the church became too small for the congregation and was rolled across the street to make room for a larger church. There it was turned into the first library in Eatonville. 

In 1946, my great-grandfather, Stenson Thomas, purchased the property. He and his sons added rooms, electricity, and plumbing. My grandmother raised her family here, as did my mother. This is my childhood home and I want to share all its glory with you.

This home has always been a special place of learning and knowledge. It has never been without books and with your help, my family and I are turning this beloved home into Eatonville's first bookstore. 

Following in the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston, our bookstore would be filled with books focused on the lives and stories of people from the African Diaspora. We would also be creating a space for the local artists to share that creations with the public, through music, art, dance, and literature.

We are in Phase 1 of our inception. Our historic property needs a lot of love and I need your help. 

Our $10,000 goal is to hire an architect to draw up blueprints of our property. This is the first step to building permits, contractors, and business licenses. Whatever you can spare would be a huge help to us. 

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