Local Black History
Baker Center School
311 E. Charlotte Avenue
Mural Creation Sponsors
The African American Community
Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society
This mural shows a rippling scroll with portraits and scenes of people who were involved in the development of Punta Gorda.
Some of the people and scenes depicted in the mural are:
- Cornelius Ponder, a midwife;
- The Florida Stompers, a local jazz band and
- Workers of the turpentine industry representing local life in the community
- A Lee County school bus was included in the mural as it was used to transport Punta Gorda students to Dunbar School.
The mural also includes many others:
- John Lomas, one of the early residents who served in the Civil War
- O.B. Armstrong who also served in the Civil War. Mr. Armstrong later became a legislator and a re-constructionist
- Daniel Smith who served as a Trustee of the School Board and was an organizer and builder of the Bethel AME First and Present Church.
- Robert Meacham who had a varied career as a pastor, Postmaster, State Legislator and Senator.
- Charles Bailey, one of seven brothers who served in WWII and went on to become one of the famous Tuskegee airmen.
- Lucille Allen, a well respected teacher
- Benjamin Baker, founder of Baker School and a noted educator in the community
- George Brown, a landowner and renowned boat builder and respected equal opportunity employer
- Sam Kennedy, a fire starter and one the original signers of the Charter for Charlotte County.
This original mural was destroyed by Hurricane “Charley” on August 13, 2004.The re-creation was painted by the original artist, Fran Hine. It was re-dedicated on November 15, 2007.