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Remembering Lemuel Geathers, Sr.

Posted March 5th, 2021

Lemuel Geathers was a hometown hero who has left a life-long legacy as a community activist, leader, educator, mentor, trailblazer, and public servant.  In 1975, Lemuel “Lem” Geathers became the first African-American to be elected to the Winter Haven City Commission, and while serving on the Commission, he became the first African-American Mayor of Winter Haven, serving in the position from 1979-80.  His history in Winter Haven runs deep, and influences many generations due to his humble disposition, legendary encouragement and uncanny ability to touch the lives of many.  He was always willing to explore the difficult and work in partnership for amicable resolutions.  As we grieve Lemuel Geathers recent passing, his impact will continue to be celebrated and he will always remain a Winter Haven legend.  Click the links below to learn more about his life and contributions.—Lem-Geathers-Tiptoe-Through-the-Tulips-ecefnr?fbclid=IwAR2oxiVMwr6KK5V-S814JSZzuugKPnPNaZbYzICd9DWYzQGA423_NiIzsB4—Lem-Geathers-Tiptoe-Through-The-Tulips-Part-2-ecn9f2?fbclid=IwAR0JTge8Wi9QdRzrXdBU_lvYMkt3UJsrBN4nq5NWAkHk8OMUDlkNk5htEG8