“It takes a village to raise a child” is an African proverb that emphasizes the importance of a healthy community in a growing child’s life. Every child deserves to grow up in an environment that fosters their creativity, provides them with academic resources, and allows them to excel in this world, no matter what path they may choose.
It takes a village to create this type of environment. In other words, it takes many individuals that choose to support the community to ensure that it will thrive.
The historic Town of Eatonville Florida is no exception. Literary icon and Eatonville, Florida native, Zora Neale Hurston often referred to Eatonville as her “Native Village”. Zora is credited with making the Eatonville community known around the world as “the first incorporated African-American town in the United States.”
We invite you to officially become an Eatonville “Villager” to support the preservation of this historic town.
Here’s how you can get started:
- Visit our fundraising page to create your own personalized fundraising page.
- Share your fundraising page with everyone you know both online and in real life.
- Share photos of yourself on your superhero journey, sharing them on social media using #EatonvilleForever.
Want to raise funds with a team? Learn how to build a tribe in support of rebuilding Eatonville Florida.
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.), founded in 1987 and incorporated by the State of Florida in 1988, was organized to protect this historic community from a community-busting highway project and to advance the process needed to preserve the town for posterity. Perhaps best known for its development of the annual, award-winning Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival), which was first presented in 1990, P.E.C. has been able to identify two significant paths to ensure the community’s future: the excellent preparation of its children for academic success, thus ensuring their ability to secure 21 st century well-paying jobs and cultural heritage tourism, an economic catalyst for Eatonville’s future.
Please visit preserveeatonville.org to learn about this grassroots organization which has established a track record of excellence based upon heritage, education, and the cultural arts.
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) is a tax-exempt, 501 © (3) organization (FEIN: 59-2952662). Contributions to P.E.C. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.