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Book Excerpt: The Mount Dorans
© 2000 by Vivian Owens

The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town

© 2000, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing

Nonfiction, African American History

Meet people who journeyed far beyond the stereotypical barriers of racism, even poverty and under-education, to make zenith contributions to small town living and the masses of humanity.


African American History Notes of a Florida Town

“…Around 1890, when Wylie C. Corley became the first pastor of Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, he generously donated land to build its first edifice.

If Wylie Corley, in his office as church pastor, said last rites over deceased souls, it was Isaac Gilbert who dug their graves. Born in 1835, Isaac died in 1913 after a long career of grave-digging. His home was built was in downtown Mount Dora on the site which became the property between Lloyd Atkins Laundry and Rehbaum Hardware.”

ISBN# 0-9623839-8-8 (hardback)
Author, Vivian Owens

Please Note: This excerpt appears by special permission of the author and publisher and may not be presented elsewhere without permission of the copyright holders.

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About Eschar Publications

Eschar Publications publishes quality books with timeless appeal. Their books inspire, motivate and entertain. They believe that children and their parents are important and they offer our books as a help source in nurturing the academic needs of all children. To develop a fondness for reading, children need to believe they could be the characters they meet in books. For this reason, they introduced literary books focused on African American culture.

Nadanda The Wordmaker leaped to life with a new energy not seen anywhere else and won a "Best Book Award".

Their latest book, How Oswa Came to Own All Music, takes readers to new heights in character building as the main character sets a new model in heroism. Oswa is a charming, likeable hero.

ISBN# 0-9623839-8-8 (hardback)
Author, Vivian Owens
Young Fiction, Ages 8 and up
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for yourself, or for a holiday gift!

About Author Vivian Owens

Vivian Owens wrote the book, NADANDA THE WORDMAKER, and it won a Writer’s Digest Best Book Award. She is the author of nine books.

With a writing career that overlapped her career as an educator, Vivian Owens received numerous awards or recognitions. Her newspaper articles have appeared in over 200 newspapers across the country, and her magazine articles have appeared in such publications as Upscale Magazine, About…Time Magazine, The Virginia Science Journal, and The Gifted Press Newsletter.

Best known for her “Parenting For Education” articles and workshops, Vivian Owens is the mother of three academically gifted children. In her work, she shares strategies of teaching and learning that have worked from her own personal experiences as a parent and as a classroom teacher who has obtained high performance results. At the heart of all her work is a determination to motivate children toward higher goals. For that reason she also creates youth literature that shines new cultural light into the whole realm of Children’s Literature.


Explore the Florida Photograph Collection at the Florida Memory Project, Florida State Archives

Discover The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the Florida State Archives


View Teachers' Resources for Florida African American History at the Looking for Angola website

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