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First work on Miami published with mixed feelings

Marjorie Woods, or “Aunt Marge,” descends from Bahamian settlers.

It is with mixed feelings that I share the publication of my first peer reviewed article on Miami. Marjorie Wood, the oldest interviewee, passed away today. She was 96 years old when I interviewed her with start up funds from the University of Alabama in December 2013. “Aunt Marge” descends from Bahamians who helped settle Miami after it was incorporated in 1896.

If you are interested in learning more about black settlement in South Florida, you can briefly access the article, which was just published, via the Journal of Urban History online at…/full/10.1177/0096144216688467 The hard copy issue of the journal is forthcoming.

Special thanks to so many friends and family who helped with this study. Stay tuned for more information about the larger project, which tracks racial and spatial politics in Florida from Andrew Jackson’s encounters with the Seminoles to the rise of UM’s football program in the conservative 1980s and beyond.

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