411-415 South Sanford Avenue

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411-415 South Sanford Avenue

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411-415 S. Sanford Ave.


Sanford (Fla.)
African Americans--Florida
Georgetown (Sanford, Fla.)


The lot located at 411-415 South Sanford Avenue in Georgetown, an historic African-American neighborhood in Sanford, Florida. The earliest known resident of Suite 411 was E. D. Davis in 1911, followed by Charles Stout in 1917 and Edward Davis in 1924. The Afro-American Life Insurance Company, an insurance company and financial institution for African Americans, had an office at this address in 1926. The office was originally located at 413 1/2 South Sanford Avenue in 1924 and was later moved to 301 S. Sanford Ave. from approximately 1947 to 1952. The company was founded by Abraham Lincoln Lewis and others in Jacksonville. Buying insurance had previously been difficult and unaffordable for most African Americans before Afro-American Life Insurance Co. was established in 1901. The business closed in 1990. Robert Burns was listed as resident at this location in 1947. He also owned a beer store at 316 S. Sanford Ave. during that same year. From approximately 1952 to 1975, Fannie L. Burns, presumably a relative of Robert, resided here. All of the occupants of this site listed above were African Americans.

The earliest known occupant of Suite 413 was George Bennett, who also had a residence at 222 S. Sanford Ave., in 1911 and Gilmore Felder from approximately 1924 to 1926. Felder had previously resided at 412-416 S. Sanford Ave. in 1911. Esther Felder, presumably a relative of Gilmore Felder, resided at this address from approximately 1947 to 1952. All of the residents listed above were also African American. Mack Coran resided here in 1965 and the lot was vacant by 1975.

H. H. McFarland, also African-American, was the first known occupant of Suite 415 in 1911. At the time that this photograph was taken in January 2012, these lot were a small enclosed area with paved walkways.


Rock, Adam


Original color digital images by Adam Rock, January 23, 2012.

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Sanford Avenue Collection, Georgetown Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Georgetown, Sanford, Florida

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Originally created by Adam Rock and published by RICHES of Central Florida.

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Cepero, Laura
Rock, Adam

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External Reference

Flewellyn, Valada S. African Americans of Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.
"Pathways to History - Historic Georgetown." City of Sanford. http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index.aspx?page=483.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1911. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk &a Company, 1911.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1917-1918. Jacksonville, FL: R.L. Polk & Co., 1917.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1924. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1924.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1926. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1926.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1947. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1947.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1952. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1952.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1965. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1965.
Sanford, Florida City Directory, 1975. Sanford, Florida: R.L. Polk & Company, 1975.



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