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Merle Y. Keeley (#47150663)
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Bio Photo Born and raised in southern Michigan, I moved to Florida in 1984, which puts me quite a distance from my genealogy sources. I am extremely grateful to the volunteers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio for all their help in finding my Family.

Main Surnames are Johnson, Vincent, Wilton, Jump, Peck, Ater, Beckmann, and all their many branches.

In the meantime I try to help other genealogists, that are separated by the miles, by volunteering in my local area. If there anything I can do for you in the central Florida Area please feel free to contact me.
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Janice (O'Bryan) Byington
RE: Duplicate Photo #50013205
That's OK, I've made loads of duplicates, so always appreciate the notice to correct. Funny it wouldn't let you delete one. Always thought only the person who added something was the only person who can delete. Oh well, something else new learned...grins.
Added by Janice (O'Bryan) Byington on Oct 03, 2014 9:28 AM
Janice (O'Bryan) Byington
# 50013205
I am so sorry to ask you to remove the duplicate headstone photo on memorial # 50013205. Thank you for your time and effort.
Added by Janice (O'Bryan) Byington on Aug 19, 2014 9:54 PM
Gail Davis
RE: Leiper Photos
Thanks.
Added by Gail Davis on Jul 20, 2013 11:50 AM
Gail Davis
Leiper Photos
May I have your permission to use the photos you posted for my family on Find A Grave in my online tree? Thanks Gail Davis #47627375
Added by Gail Davis on Jul 16, 2013 11:59 AM
Matthew Reid Horton
Clarence E. Peck
A million thank you's for the transfer of my great-great grandfather! I so very much appreciate it! - Matt
Added by Matthew Reid Horton on Jul 10, 2013 5:41 PM
spiritclowns
VIRGIL HAWKINS
information found in library..... fl black heritage trail
Added by spiritclowns on Jul 05, 2013 8:03 PM
spiritclowns
VIRGIL HAWKINS
VIRGIL HAWKINS 1906-1988

A MONUMENT HONORING VIRGIL VARNELL HAWKINS STANDS IN OKAHUMPKA, FL NEXT
TO POST OFFICE, NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF STATE ROAD 33 AND 48. THE
MONUMENT IS ABOUT A MILE FROM HIS GRAVESITE, AND A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE
HOME WHERE VIRGIL WAS BORN AND SPENT HIS CHILDHOOD. HAWKINS MADE MANY
PERSONAL SACRIFICES THAT DESEGREGATED FLORIDA'S UNIVERSITIES ALLOWING
OTHER AFRICAN AMERICANS TO PURSUE A LAW DEGREE. IN 1946, HAWKINS
APPLIED FOR, BUT WAS DENIED ENTRANCE INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF FL LAW
SCHOOL. HE FILED A LAW SUIT AGAINST THE STATE OF FL. WHEN THE SUIT WAS
FILED THE STATE OPENED A LAW SCHOOL AT FL A&M UNIVERSITY AS A DEFENSE
TO HIS LAWSUIT. HAWKINS REFUSED TO ENTER FAMU SCHOOL ALLEGING THAT
THESTATE, BY OPENING THE SCHOOL AT HISTORICALLY BLACK FAMU WAS
MAINTAINING DISCRIMINATION. AFTER NINE YEARS, THE STATE AGREED TO
DESEGREGATE THE UF LAW SCHOOL, IF VIRGIL WITHDREW HIS REQUEST FOR
ADMISSION. HIS WITHDRAWAL, GIVING UP HIS OWN OPPORTUNITY FOR ENTRANCE,
MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR OTHERS TO ENTER THE UF LAW SCHOOL. THEREAFTER, THE
SCHOOL WAS UNACCREDITED. HIS REQUEST TO TAKE THE TEST AND BE ADMITTED
TO THE FL BAR AFTER GRADUATION WAS DENIED. AT AGE 7O AFTER MUCH
LITIGATION THE FL STATE SUPREME CT AGREED TO ADMIT VIRGIL TO THE FL
BAR AS A MEANS OF RIGHTING A WRONF. THE LAW LIBRARY AT UNIVERSITY OF FL
TODAY IS NAMED THE VIRGIL HAWKINS LIBRARY IN HONOR OF THE SACRIFICES HE
MADE.
Added by spiritclowns on Jul 05, 2013 7:57 PM
Matthew Reid Horton
Transfer request
Hello again. It has been sometime since I originally messaged you pertaining to a transfer request. Originally I was seeking 5 of my descendants but mainly interested now in my great-great grandfather Clarence Edward Peck #15682390. I have a plethora of photos and information I would like to add to his memorial. Hope this message reaches you. - Matt Horton
Added by Matthew Reid Horton on Jun 13, 2013 3:43 PM
♥ Wendy EBENSTEIN Norman ♥
GREAT BIG THANK YOU
Hello, I would like to say thank you so very much for all the photos of headstones you shared my family links.
THANK YOU !!!! :)
Added by ♥ Wendy EBENSTEIN N... on May 04, 2013 9:26 PM
Maggie
Lanelle P Alexander
Merle, Thank you for adding the info and linking Lanelle to her parents. I so appreciate it, Maggie
Added by Maggie on Apr 25, 2013 3:02 PM
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