Historic Central Academy
Preservation and Community Development Corporation, Inc.
Launching New Dimensions
Welcome to Historic Central Academy, located in Palatka, Florida, along the banks of the beautiful St. Johns River! We aim to empower youth, individuals and families through community relations and cooperation. We believe that when organizations and individuals work in collaboration through a culturally responsive approach with one common goal in mind; social, cultural and educational awareness will increase. We truly rely on the support of the community to assist us in this process as we embark upon accomplishing our goal, which we believe extends far beyond our neighborhood.
Historic Central Academy general meetings are every third Monday at 5:30 pm at Palatka Housing Authority, 400 North 15th Street Palatka, Florida 32177. For additional meeting information contact Palatka Housing Authority at 386.329.0132 Aaron Robinson, Director of Social Services ext. 212.
As heirs and stewards of the legacy of Historic Central Academy, we will revive and secure its place in history; not only for our African American community and history but for our city, county and state history as well.
Historic Central Academy Preservation and Community Development Corporation, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide a variety of charitable, historical, educational, literary and scientific based opportunities for Putnam County, Florida.
Our Community Partners and Supporters
Palatka Arts Council at the Larimer
Putnam County Historic Society
Putnam County Library System
Palatka Waterworks and Environmental Education Center
St. Johns River Education Center
Palatka Housing Authority
City of Palatka
Putnam County Board of County Commission
St. Johns River Water Management District, STEM Education
Ravine Gardens State Park, Resources and Recreation
Historic Preservation and Restoration
State of the art education is the foundation of economic growth in today’s society of digital technology and innovation. One factor major developers and young families look for before investing in a city is the quality of its schools. High quality education attracts economic progression and prosperity. Education that is culturally responsive builds healthy families, citizens, neighborhoods and communities. Historic Central Academy aims for growth, quality and innovation through a S.T.E.E.P approach (Science, Technology, Engineering and Environmental Protection). We are located along the St. Johns River with many springs, nature trails and other environmental resources, therefore we further strive to engage our youth in environmental protection methods of learning. Through extensive research and observation, Historic Central Academy is in the process of establishing a culturally responsive, educational enrichment program (STEEP Ecosystem) for youth right in the heart of the community.
As we embark upon a new journey, our goal is to establish a historic museum dedicated to preserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African-Americans from the 18th century through the 21st century. The museum will offer education programs for all age groups and will be rooted in historic sites, past and present exhibitions, and rich scholarly research. Our goal is to offer a series of hands-on, interactive activities and programs designed to engage educators, students, families and organizations serving youth throughout the community, city of Palatka and county. Through community efforts we will build a phenomenal collection of memorabilia that represents the legacy of Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune (who taught in Palatka) and her quest to start an all-girls school in Palatka (now the phenomenal Bethune-Cookman University located in Daytona Beach), the Mary Lawson Hospital opened in 1918 where black and white doctors practiced together and black and white babies were born together after it integrated in 1922, and musical artists such as C.S Belton and the Belton’s Society Syncopators just to name a few.
- Cultural Arts, Classes and
Community Investment Center
and Elderly Services
- Child Care and Health
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