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Founder of the Dunbar Easter parade: Evelyn Sams-Canady

Posted at 10:40 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 11:22:44-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fox 4 is recognizing the most influential African Americans in Southwest Florida History.

Evelyn Sams Canady was a student who later went on to teach at the Williams Academy Primary School.

In 1995 community members came together to move the historic school so that it could be preserved as a museum in Dunbar, where it now stands.

Canady is also the woman behind the Dunbar Easter parade, which will celebrate its 75th year this spring.