On this day in 1907, Billie Pierce was born Wilhelmina Goodson in Marianna, Florida. The Goodson name was made famous by then-Billie Goodson and her seven piano-playing sisters in Gulf Coast cities and towns. As Billie Goodson, she played jazz piano with some of the most famous musicians and singers of the Jazz Age, including … [Read more…]
Carrie Meek is a woman of many firsts. Born in 1926, the grand-daughter of sharecroppers, Meek grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Florida A & M University before heading to Michigan for her master’s degree, something not available to African Americans at Florida colleges at the time. She returned to Florida and taught at … [Read more…]
These pictures were taken in the late 1970’s.