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John Ulric Free – Part II — 8 Comments

    • I really enjoy reading about history. I grew up in the Perrine-Cutler area. Later living in Homestead as a newlywed.

  1. Wow, Jeff — What an interesting and well-researched article, as we have come to expect from your diligent work. I have two suggestions:
    a. Link the Free properties to a map of downtown Homestead that shows where Free owned and built properties. The first map you showed was quite interesting. It would be nice to indicate on the maps which businesses were situated there.

    b. The bit about the KKK is even more interesting. Suggest you work on a “History of the KKK in Homestead/Florida City.” It seems that we need to understand who were the members, when, and what actions the KKK took. If there were Black or Mexican-Americans impacted by the KKK, we should be aware of what happened. If there were pressures to join the KKK placed on members of the local community, we should also be aware of what happened to “enforce” compliance with or to join the KKK.

    • Much easier said than done, Frank. The business climate in Homestead in the early days was very dynamic and the information that has survived from that time period is very limited, so your suggestions, while good, are next to impossible to achieve. The subject of the KKK is exceedingly difficult to explore – no one wants to acknowledge that their ancestors belonged to that organization.

  2. As always an interesting and amazing story of an early Homestead entrepreneur. How do you precipitate something out of nothing is magic and hard work. Thank heaven there are people like Mr. Free who can successfully practice this art. The world is full of idea people but not so many who can do the work to tame the wilderness and build a society. Thanks for all your work, Jeff.

  3. 11-9-2020

    Hi Jeff, The preservation of our history will always be remembered through your efforts. Wonderful job here and the pictures are terrific!

    Also, any connection between Joe Burton and our Burton Memorial United Methodist Church in Tavernier?

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