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Sand Pines – History in a Shoe Box

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Alton Williams is a philanthropist, author, historian and storyteller. He founded the nonprofit organization Evergreen Cemetery, Inc., to ensure that those who had been laid to rest in the historic hallowed grounds would forever be afforded the dignity and recognition they deserved. Alton rallied a dedicated team of volunteers to help him convert an abandoned and overgrown cemetery from a dumping ground and lovers’ lane into a beautiful sanctuary and serene setting for visitors. A focused and dedicated researcher, Alton has gathered oral and written history, public and private documentation and many photographs to support his first book, Sand PinesHistory in a Shoe Box, which has been attracting pre-orders since before he wrote the first word. This is the story of Black History in Central Florida, the story of Alton’s birth family and his community. Sand Pines also chronicles the drive behind the construction of the first museum that will be on the grounds of an active cemetery and will replicate the shotgun houses that once were the homes of the very people now buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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