The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Eunice Liberty papers
Repository: Florida. Division of Library and Information Services
Collection Description (Extant): This collection contains the papers of Eunice Watson Liberty from 1967 to 1995, a leader in education in south Florida. The collection documents her efforts on behalf of children, education, and the community in the Miami area as well as her work with the National Council of Negro Women.
The collection consists of correspondence (1967-1992), articles and speeches, newspaper clippings, programs and background materials on the National Council of Negro Women, photographs and miscellaneous materials collected by Ms. Liberty. The correspondence primarily documents Ms. Liberty's attempts to establish a community youth house in honor of Mary McLeod Bethune and the establishment of a Black Archives in Miami.
Eunice Watson Liberty, a retired educator, was born in 1909 in Kissimmee, Florida. She taught in the Dade County school system for forty-two years and was a driving force in including African-American history in school curriculum in Dade County. Much of her work has been to increase education on and awareness of the contributions made by Mary McLeod Bethune. An early student of Bethune's, Liberty has campaigned for schools and a multi-cultural children's community center named for Bethune. She worked with the Dade County Bicentennial Commission where she worked to have African American history included in the Bi-centennial celebrations.
Liberty has a long affiliation with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and served as President of its Miami Chapter. She represented the NCNW on the Metro-Dade Commission on the Status of Women and was very involved in local government. She has worked with the county and city commissions as well as the mayor, in order to promote legislation or policy to help her community.
Existing IDs: 900000
Finding Aid URL: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/rediscovery/default.asp?IDCFile=/fsa/detailss.idc,SPECIFIC=2840,DATABASE=SERIES,
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American educators--Florida
African American women
Bethune, Mary McLeod, 1875-1955
Civil rights movements--Florida
National Council of Negro Women