Black History Month Banner Program

Presented in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs Community Redevelopment Agency

DeFuniak Springs, Florida • December 14, 2022 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs Community Redevelopment Agency, announced today their 2023 Black History Month Banner Program. During the month of February personalized banners featuring prominent African American individuals who have impacted the City of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, will be displayed on Baldwin Avenue and Circle Drive. 

To qualify for the Black History Month Banner Program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Individual must be a visionary and/or dedicated leader that has made a significant contribution in the African American community through their profession or participation in the City of DeFuniak Springs.
  • A biography of the nominee which could include birth date and location, educational background, and a summary of their life history.
  • Description of the nominee’s work in social justice and/ or civic accomplishment.
  • Example(s) of instances when the nominee has been a defining force in this area.
  • Challenges that the nominee has overcome to work in the field of social justice and/or civic accomplishment or acted as an instrument for social justice and/or civic accomplishment.
  • List any related awards or recommendations that the nominee has received.
  • 4X6″photo or high-resolution digital image resolution of 300 dpi or higher emailed to [email protected].
  • Application and photo must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. January 11, 2023.

“Thanks to the partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs Community Redevelopment Agency we have expanded the banner program to now include the lamp posts around Circle Drive,” said Chelsea Blaich, Main Street DeFuniak Springs Executive Director. “Not only do these additional lamp posts allow us to honor more individuals during Black History Month and Veteran’s Month, but we plan on expanding the banners to feature local art, landmarks and community events.”

Applications are available online at

To be considered, the application must be submitted electronically by January 11, 2023, and the honoree’s photo must be emailed to [email protected]. The cost to participate is $80.00 and will be invoiced once the application is reviewed and approved by the selection committee. Banners will be up during the month of February.

For more information on this program, please contact Chelsea Blaich at [email protected] or call (850) 296-9051.

2022 Honorees

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