The History of the Black Community in Lakeland, Florida 1885-1985 Welcome to  In 1884, Black Americans came to an area in Florida that was wilderness. The Blacks were primarily laborers for the railroad. In 1885, the same area was chartered as the city of Lakeland. The Blacks in Lakeland developed a vibrant community that was later named Moorehead after an esteemed minister, H.K. Moorehead.
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