Local Hero: Althea Margaret Daily Mills
Mrs. Althea Margaret Daily Mills was born in Pughsville in 1924. Mrs. Mills became the first African American postal career employee, and postal manager for the community. On October 15, 2021, Congressman Darren Soto introduced a bill and successfully renamed the Florence Villa Post Office in Winter Haven the “Althea Margaret Daily Mills Post Office Building” in her honor.
Althea Margaret Daily Mills passed away in 2008 at the age of 84 she is survived by her son Shahid Muhammad, who spoke fondly about his mother’s legacy in 2021 during the ceremony to rename the Florence Villa post office after her.
Mr. Muhammad, speaking at the time the post office was renamed said “It makes me feel humbled and more inspired, when I see the fruits of the things my mother has done.”
As well as her career achievements, Mrs. Mills’ lifelong civil rights work was in seeking equality in education for African American children. Her tenacity and dedication have touched the lives of so many people, and her drive to better her community and to ensure every child had equal access to a good education continues to live on to this day.