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Born in Jacksonville in 1876, Eartha Mary Magdalene White is among the city’s most notable citizens. Highly talented, entrepreneurial and industrious, she delivered crucial social services to North Florida’s black community. Her projects, to name a few, included an old folk’s home, an orphanage, a home for unwed mothers, a WWII USO, and the Clara White Mission, named for her adoptive mother. Former Jacksonville Mayor Hans Tanzler said in a 1982 Florida Times Union article, “At least once a month she’d come to my office at City Hall. She was irrepressible . . . she could not be denied.”
From her daring rescue of Afro-American insurance records during the Great Fire of 1901 to her 1970 White House meeting with President Nixon, Eartha’s 97 years placed her in the forefront of 20th century history at a critical juncture in race relations. The November program with Dr. Timothy Gilmore of Florida State College offers an account of one of the city’s most formidable residents. Dr. Gilmore is the author of numerous books, including the recently published, In Search of Eartha White, Storehouse for the People.