JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are historical figures many of us have learned about in history books.
They're people who have left their mark on the world, some through countless charitable acts. One woman, in particular, you may not read about in the classroom but now you'll learn her name by simply walking down a couple of streets in Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood.
Two historical landmarks honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Eartha White were unveiled Monday morning. On the corner of Beaver Street and Broad Street and further down the road near Forsyth Street now stands two markers in White's honor. They read Dr. Eartha M.M. White Parkway, designated by Jacksonville City Council.
"Dr. Eartha M.M. White was a visionary who saw programs that needed to be implemented," said Ju'Coby Pittman, CEO Clara White Mission. "She didn't ask anybody. She used her own money and developed programs that still exist to this day."
White founded the Clara White Mission, named after her mother back in 1904. The mission sits on West Ashley Street in downtown Jacksonville and still feeds those in need. White is known for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. Her lengthy list of accomplishments includes developing the first African American Nursing Home in the State of Florida. She did so at age 89.
“With the idea of LaVilla growing and the economic development and to be able to have a symbolic marker that will mark no matter what happens to LaVilla you will have a woman who will never be forgotten because of these markers,” said Pittman.