Mission: Bringing History to Life

Photo by Paul Manomaitas

The late Isa Hamm Bryant, founder of the Florida Black Historical Research Project, Inc.,
is photographed
leaning  against his favorite Live Oak tree
in Riverbend Park.


The Mission of the Florida Black Historical Research Project Inc., is to research, collect, and disseminate knowledge of significant contributions Blacks have made in the State of Florida.

FBHBP provides the general public with previously hidden or forgotten facts about Florida’s Black history, including early African arrivals, Black pirates, the mound builders, Southern Underground Railroad routes, Seminole Maroons and the Seminole Wars, particularly the 1838 Loxahatchee Battlefield in northern Palm Beach County.

Most notably, FBHRP has established, and continues to maintain vital links to the Black Seminole communities of Oklahoma, descendants of Trail of Tears survivors expelled from Florida.

FBHRP conducts and encourages research, organizes presentations, and produces displays and publications, including “We R Florida,” the popular brief history by FBHRP founder, the late Isa Hamm Bryant, who pioneered the effort to bring these important stories
to light.

Board Members

Wallis Hamm Tinnie      |     Lorenzo H. Hamm 
                  President                          Vice President             

Michelle Riley      |     Gene Tinnie      |    Frederick H. Terrell
     Secretary                   Treasurer