Zephyrhills, America: Stories Seldom Told

Take a look at Zephyrhills, Florida's Black history, told by the ones who lived it. Stories overlooked or seldom told...until now.

A film by Joni West & Andrew Carranza

Full Interviews

Charles Davis & Celia Dobson Paul

The full-length interview with Charles Davis & Celia Dobson Paul, recorded on 11/23/18 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Charles and Celia are children of Ms. Irene Dobson. Their family has lived in Zephyrhills for over 50 years, first settling in the Hercules Powder Company's worker's camp. This interview provides a wealth of experinces and insight into over eight decades of Zephyrhills history.

Capt. Reggie Roberts

The full-length interview with police Captain Reggie Roberts, recorded on 11/29/18 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Reggie grew up in Zephyrhills and excelled at sports before playing football and baseball at Bethune-Cookman University. After college, Reggie went into law enforcement and eventually found his way back to his hometown, currently serving as Captain of the police department. He discusses experiences he had with racial division as a child growing up in Zephyrhills.

Edward Holt

The full-length interview with Edward Holt, recorded on 12/04/18 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Ed is something of a local historian, and he shares his knowledge of the formations of various Black communities in the Zephyrhills area, as well as his experiences with racial division during the 1950s-1970s. (Due to location, please be advised that there are segments of this video with significant background noise.)

Marcus McCants

The full-length interview with Marcus McCants, recorded on 12/14/18 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Marcus is a successful restaurateur in Tampa Bay who moved to Zephyrhills as a young boy with his mother after being born in Detroit. He compares his experience growing up in Zephyrhills with his memories of Michigan, as well as his experiences at Morehouse College and working in finance in Tulsa and Dallas.

Det. Daniel Hill

The full-length, raw interview with police Detective Daniel Hill, recorded on 12/18/18 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. When he was hired in 2001, Det. Hill was the first Black police officer in Zephyrhills' history. In this interview, he speaks about the weight of that distinction and his experiences from his time working with the Zephyrhills Police Department, both positive and negative. He also describes the importance of representation in policing.

The McKenzie Sisters

The full-length interview with the McKenzie sisters: Mae Pickett, Elaine Jones, and Gloria Brown, recorded on 1/12/19 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. The McKenzies have lived in Zephyrhills since the 1940s, first settling on the Hercules Powder Company's workers' camp. They share stories of childhood experiences "across the tracks," peaceful protests, and their vision for a more diverse, united Zephyrhills.

Rev. Alvin McKenzie

The full-length interview with Reverend Alvin McKenzie, recorded on 2/5/19 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Alvin was among the first Black students to attend Zephyrhills High School after integration, and his protests and demonstrations as a young man fighting for equality helped smooth the way for future students. He now serves as a pastor at Victorious Church of God in Christ in the Lumberton suburb of Zephyrhills in a building built by his father.

Rev. Eddie Nunn of Macdonia M.B.C. - Remembered by His Son Stephen

The full-length interview with Pastor Stephen Nunn, recorded on 05/29/19 as part of production for the Zephyrhills, America - Stories Seldom Told documentary. Our subject's father, Rev. Eddie Nunn, lived 05/13/32 - 10/02/17. He spent decades leading and serving the community of Zephyrhills. Not limited to Sunday activities at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where he worked as minister, Rev. Nunn was an ardent advocate for progress, civil rights, and a united town.

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