Black History Month Banner Program

Presented in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs

DeFuniak Springs, Florida • February 9, 2022 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs, recently announced their 20 honorees for the inaugural Black History Month Banner Program. The program, announced at the end of 2021, asked for nominations of “African American individuals who have impacted the City of DeFuniak Springs, Florida.” The list of those recognized, available at https://mainstreetdfs.org, features various men and women with accolades in military service, education, community involvement, and professional achievements.

If you are interested in being notified about the 2023 Black History Month Banner Program, please fill out this form: https://bit.ly/BHMBanners_NotifyMe.

The 20 honorees are featured on ten lamp posts between S. 5th St. and S. 10th St. along Baldwin Avenue in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs. The banners will be on display throughout the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, and into March. Additionally, Main Street DeFuniak Springs is sharing the honorees and their stories on its social media channels and website. Follow @MainStreetDFS on Facebook or Instagram.

The list of honorees includes…

Alva “A.O.” Campbell • Educator / DeFuniak Springs City Council
Annie Ruth Corenlius Campbell • Educator
Arthur Woodard • Athlete / Educator / Coach
Benson “B.B.” Campbell • Educator
Chief Clinton “Clint” Hooks • DeFuniak Springs Chief of Police
Chief Ross Sheffield • DeFuniak Springs Fire Chief
Dr. Doris Laird Johnson • Educator / Business Owner
Dr. Cedric Sheffield • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr. James Barge • Veteran / Educator
Eldora O’Neal Campbell • Church Leader / Social Worker
Gladys D. Milton • Midwife
Henry T. Wilkerson • Educator / Principal
Lois G. Washington • Church & Community Leader
Mildred Thomas Wilkerson • Educator / Walton County School Board
Raymond L. Jackson • Business Owner / Mentor
Reverend Tyrone L. Broadus • Veteran / Church Leader
Robert “William” Paul • Business Owner
Samuel “RIP” James Collins • Veteran / Coach / Educator
Theophilus Preston “T.P.” Campbell * Veteran / Educator / Principal
Willie “Boogie” Hall • Athlete / Educator / Coach

This program was made possible through the support and generous contributions of Ashley Ambrose, Bethel Baptist Church, Reverend Tyrone Broadus, Norman Campbell, Eldora Campbell, Duston Cosson, DeFuniak Springs City Councilmember Kevin Crystal , Dawne Dries, Commissioner Danny Glidewell, Shelia Grimes, Candace Jones, Sandra Macon, Maria Milton, Robert Nelson, Glenda Paul-Ales, Ernest L. Powell, Billie Rice, Chief Ross Sheffield, Anthony Vallee, Lesa Washington-White, Mac Work, and Dr. Carolynn Zonia.

“Through trials and triumphs, these 20 honorees have made significant contributions to the betterment of the City of DeFuniak Springs,” said Main Street DeFuniak Springs Executive Director, Chelsea Blaich. “Banner programs like this one and our Veterans Program are a small gesture of appreciation and acknowledgement for the impact these individuals have on our community.”

If you would like to be notified when the 2023 Black History Month Banner Program opens, please sign up to receive email correspondence at https://bit.ly/BHMBanners_NotifyMe.