Eulogy for Harry "Big Newt" Boston, Sr.

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Title

Eulogy for Harry "Big Newt" Boston, Sr.

Alternative Title

"Big Newt" Boston

Subject

Oviedo (Fla.)
Oviedo (Fla.)
African Americans--Florida
Baseball--Florida
Softball--United States
Sports--Florida
Eulogies--United States
Parks--Florida

Description

The transcription of a eulogy given by Harry H. Boston, Jr. after the death of his father, Harry "Big Newt" Homer, Sr. Boston, who was an integral part of Oviedo's African-American community. Originally from Valdosta, Georgia, he graduate from Valdosta State College (now Valdosta State University). After college, he joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic during World War II. After migrating to Oviedo, Florida, Boston built a baseball diamond where local black youths played. The teams were known as the Oviedo Black Hawks for boys and Oviedo Lady Black Hawks for girls. On his bus, affectionately nicknamed the "Big Newt Bus," Boston would take the teams to games across Florida and other states as far north as Tennessee. The City of Oviedo honored him by naming Boston Hill Park, located at 777 South Central Avenue, in his honor. On May 21, 1994, the city also proclaimed that date Harry "Big Newt" Boston Day. Boston passed away on October 3 of that same year at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Winter Park.

Creator

Boston, Harry, Jr.

Source

Original 1-page typed transcription by Harry H. Boston, Jr., 1994: Private Collection of Jacqueline Morgan.

Date Created

ca. 1994-10-08

Contributor

Morgan, Jacqueline

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of the original 1-page typed transcription by Harry H. Boston, Jr., 1994.

Is Part Of

Oviedo Historical Society Collection, Oviedo Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

322 KB

Medium

1-page typed transcription

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Boston Hill Park, Oviedo, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Harry H. Boston, Jr.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Harry H. Boston, Jr. and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Dossie, Porsha

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Jacqueline Morgan

External Reference

Robison, Jim. "Bostons Of Oviedo Built Ball Field, Pioneered In Citrus." The Orlando Sentinel, February 2, 2003. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-02-02/news/0301310510_1_boston-oviedo-grove.
"In Loving Memory of Mr. Harry Boston." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/5289.
"In Memory of Harry 'Big Newt' Boston, Sr." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/5290.

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1-page typed transcription

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