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The Goldsboro Westside Community Historical Museum invites you to visit this rich piece of Florida's Black History.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 1:00pm-4:30pm. Located at 1211 Goldsboro Historic Blvd. Sanford, Fl. 32771. Phone # (407) 585-0692
Admission is free & open to the public.
Goldsboro is a community in Seminole County, Florida, west of the city of Sanford, firstsettled by formerly enslaved persons seeking independence during theReconstruction Era (1865-1877). They worked on the railroad as porters, firemen, and engineers. They worked on the waterfront and they started businesses in Goldsboro . These industrious “Negro”settlers soon began to prosper. Determined to establishtheir independence, nineteen registered voters lead by merchant William Clarkfiled articles of incorporation in Tallahassee, the state capitol, and onDecember 1, 1891, Goldsboro became the second African American town in thestate of Florida to become incorporated. Eatonville had incorporated in 1887.
The towns post office was establishedFebruary 8, 1892. J.W. Small waspostmaster.
Goldsboro’s first elected officials were: Mayor: Walter Williams, Clerk:J.W. Small, Marshal: William Clark. Treasurer: Joseph White, Tax Assessor: J.W.Small and Tax Collector: William Clark.
Aldermen:David Wilson, A.T. Shepard, J.A. Williams, E.C. Caroline and Mr. Hubbard
In 1911, the Town of Goldsboro’s future was threatened when Florida State Representative
and former Sanford mayor Forrest Lake
led a legislative effort to dissolve Goldsboro’s town charter in order to makeGoldsboro a part of the city of Sanford. In spite of the efforts of Goldsboro’sleaders, to put a stop to it, on April 6, 1911, the Sanford City Council passeda resolution to annex the Town of Goldsboro. April 26, 1911 the Florida legislature passed the Sanford CharterBill, dissolving the incorporation of both Sanford and Goldsboro, and reorganizingSanford as a city that included Goldsboro within its boundaries.Goldsboro's identity and independence slowly eroded after it lostits charter and was annexed. Severalof the town’s historically named streets were renamed. Clark Street, named for the town'sfounder, was renamed Lake Street after Forrest Lake, the man responsible forthe loss of Goldsboro's status as a town.
This rich history is being preserved at The Goldsboro WestsideCommunity Historical Museum located at 1211 HistoricGoldsboro Blvd. Sanford, Florida32771 The museum opened in 2011, on the site of the original Goldsboro Post Office. Themuseum collection displays photographs, artifacts, historic documents andfurniture donated by local residents. The museum founder and curator is Frances Oliver.