Newtown Trolley Tour Showcasing the History
of Sarasota's Earliest African American Pioneers!


Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Fogartyville Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236

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Saturday, November 16, 2019


Sarasota's African American community traces its ancestry to free people of color who lived along the Manatee River in the early 19th Century.  The Overtown settlement, later renamed the Rosemary District, followed in 1885, and Newtown itself, further north, was founded in 1914.  


The trolley tour traces the hundred-year development of Newtown's community institutions through Jim Crow, the Civil Rights era, and into the present day.  Oral histories and contemporary accounts inform the narrative, which highlights social organizations, architecture, and historically significant sites.  Tour stops include Lido Beach, the site of a sustained peaceful desegregation effort, now included in the US Civil Rights Trail.  


Take the time to review the fascinating content at to learn more about the Newtown Conservation History District and the meticulous documentation project of which the Trolley Tour is a component.

Park on the street and meet at the entrance to Fogartyville by 9:45 a.m.  The trolley picks up and returns to Fogartyville and makes several stops along the way, with minimal walking, where you may alight or choose to stay on board.

Some trolleys have accessible features, so please indicate whether you will require accessible accommodation.  Restrooms available at several stops.

Participants may wish to have lunch at Station 400 after the tour. Station 400 is around the corner, a three-minute walk from Fogartyville. If you wish to do this, please advise us so we can get a count.

Please plan to gather by 9:45 a.m.
to allow for the trolley to depart by 10 a.m.

$40 per person.

Registration will close at 39 people.

DEADLINE is Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

Event questions to Cindy Wolloch at or (941) 237-0301.

 ALL reservation questions, or leave a voicemail at 941-500-4443.

Thank you! We hope to see you there!