From Slavery to Community Builder: The Story of Lawrence B. Brown

From Slavery to Community Builder: The Story of Lawrence B. Brown

From Slavery to Community Builder: The Story of Lawrence B. Brown

From Slavery to Community Builder: The Story of Lawrence B. Brown


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What was different about Lawrence Brown, a highly successful business pioneer who lived with his wife and children in a small town in Central Florida? If you met him, your answer might be "Nothing"-until you discovered that Lawrence Brown was a former slave. At a time when Black men were discriminated against, held back, and regarded with fear and suspicion, Brown became a community leader whose legacy is still remembered today.

We are fortunate to learn about him through his own words. Brown comes alive through his journals, which detail his everyday business experiences and his personal life. From haircuts to finances to personal values, we learn about the man himself. Entries in the family Bible reveal further details of his life-as do his notes in the book The Golden Way to the Highest Attainment.

Brown lived in a time when it was dangerous to be a successful Black person. And yet he excelled. He built a beautiful home where he and his wife raised their family. Over time, his home stood on the precipice of demolition, its history lost. Learn how the relationship between his son and a local historian miraculously saved the Lawrence Brown house and preserved his legacy.

Brown's story is on permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The house he built is on the National Register of Historic Places. Lawrence Brown was proclaimed a Great Floridian 2000.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578992273
Publisher: Neighborhood Improvement Corp. of Bartow, Inc
Publication date: 11/30/2021
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Charles B. Warren is an award-winning author living in Bartow, Florida just a few miles from the impressive home Lawrence Brown built to raise his family. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation of Bartow, Inc., the organization that owns and manages the historic Brown House. Warren found the story of Lawrence Brown compelling-Brown was born into slavery, yet became a successful entrepreneur during dangerous times for black men-and L. B. Brown serves as an inspiration for younger generations. These two factors provided the compelling force that led him to record the history of the man and his time.
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