A milestone will soon be reached. What seemed at times impossible is finally happening. With the City of Sarasota’s assistance, we overcame obstacles and refused to let this dream die. The historic Leonard Reid house will become Sarasota's newest arts and cultural institution.
We extend our gratitude to the City Commission for jumpstarting the Newtown history project and supporting the effort at every step. And thanks to you for donating to this cause and attending talks and tours to learn more.
Join us for events on Thursday, May 26, to honor the contributions of Leonard Reid, who served as the “right-hand man” to the city’s first mayor. At 4 p.m., religious leaders will unite to bless the grounds at the corner of Orange Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the new location of the house. There's a ceremony featuring music, speakers and food at 5:30 p.m. where the house sits now, 1435 7th Street. Grab a nap, then join us at 3 a.m. to witness history on the move! The Reid House will take a short journey to its new location.
Leonard Reid and his wife Eddye Coleman were known as models of progress for Sarasota’s early African American residents who lived in the community of Overtown (now known as the Rosemary District). Reid founded one of the area's first Black churches, a beacon of hope. After utilities are connected, with renovations and interior design work completed, SAACC will open a new arts, cultural and history institution.
We can't wait to see you there!