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Dear Sir or Madam:

Once in a while, we look around and find a treasure that has emerged, survived and withstood the times of its day. Such is the case of the little storefront building at 701 West Brevard Street. Built in approximately 1930, it represents developers who dared to break racial barriers and build new homes for the great-grandchildren of slaves. The owners of the building include James Westcott Crowder (an early developer in the Frenchtown area), Avin Oliver Geddie (another early developer and businessman), and Reverend Daniel Speed, former President of the Tallahassee chapter of the NAACP and carpool organizer during the Tallahassee bus boycott in the 1950s.

Now that we are the owners, it is our desire that this last standing structure of its kind in the Frenchtown/Springfield area be revived and restored. It would take at least $100,000.00 to make this treasure accessible to the community so that our children and adults can directly interact with their rich history. While the property has been given historic preservation status, the city has appropriated $41,000.00 towards this project. We are also hoping that the State Historic Preservation Board would grant us at least $25,000.00 toward the project. The Watson Temple CDC now has $9,000.00 towards the restoration leaving a difference of $25,000.00 of needed funds.

We are turning to you, the community and friends, to help us bring this restoration into fruition. Whatever gift you can give would be greatly appreciated and your contribution will make an indelible impact. Please make your tax deductible contribution payable to Watson Temple CDC, Thank you very much for considering this project.


Donald E. Sheppard

Watson Temple Institutional
Church Of God In Christ
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