ALVA, Fla. — Fox 4 is teaming up with the Lee County Black History Society to take a walk down memory lane.
Charles and Jeannie Riggins founded the African American community near Alva in 1926.
They purchased 44-acres, which were later split into 50-foot lots.
Over the next few decades, they were sold to African Americans for just $10.00.
Then in the sixties, the self-help housing program was established.
The community's early residents were laborers and seasonal workers.
The community is now thriving with more than 500 residents.