Buy Local (and Online) from These Palafox Market Vendors
Posted: Mar 16, 2020 8:58 PMUpdated: Apr 7, 2020 2:57 PM
Following the recent cancellation of Palafox Market dates through the beginning of May due to COVID-19 concerns, we've worked with vendors to compile an online shopping guide. This list will continue to be updated as we receive more information from our vendors.Check out the wide range of local, seasonal and handmade products available online and at local retailers AND be sure to follow your favorite vendors on social media for the latest on delivery/pick-up services.Farm/Nursery:Nature Nine FarmsNature Nine Farms proudly raises sustainable beef, eggs, and vegetables. Cattle are rotationally grazed to receive an all-grass diet. Their hens are pasture-raised and supplemented with non-GMO grains to provide the best eggs out there. And they use organic practices to ensure high-quality vegetables for you and your family.Website: www.natureninefarms.comContact: [email protected] Forest FarmForest Farm has a small farm featuring organically grown vegetables. They offer farm-fresh milk and eggs. Their chickens are on pasture, supplemented with non-GMO.Website: [email protected] Stewart FarmStewart Farms is a small local farm growing a variety of non-GMO fruits and vegetables without the use of pesticides. They also have pasture-raised pork. Website: [email protected] Forland Family FarmThe Forland Family produces many food crops. Turnips, collards, sweet corn, peas, watermelon, kale, squash, zucchini, strawberries, peaches, plums and okra are among the many crops that are produced in each vegetable and fruit’s season. Farming is their family’s passion and we strive to give the community a fresh variety of fruits and vegetables.Website: [email protected] Hidden Pastures FarmHidden Pastures Farm offers locally pasture-raised poultry and eggs that are non-GMO. All-natural, no antibiotics or hormones.Website: [email protected] Maeday FarmMaeday Farm is a small family farm located in Walnut Hill. They grow fresh fruit and vegetables and are USDA Certified Organic. They believe that locally grown food is fresher, tastes better and is more nutrient-dense than any alternative and they're passionate about bringing this food to their customers.Website: www.maedayfarm.comContact: [email protected] Sunset RanchSunset Ranch strives to bring you the best beef, poultry and eggs, all raised the natural way, grass-fed, non-GMO and hormone-free.Website: www.sunsetranchofescambiafarms.comContact: [email protected] Crescere FarmsCrescere Farm is a local farm serving the Florida Panhandle. Heirloom tomatoes available at the farm.Website: [email protected] Big Creek FarmBig Creek Farm is one of the largest Heritage Tamworth hog farmers in Florida, if not the United States. They chose to raise this particular breed of hogs for their taste and their excellent nutritional value. Their hogs are pure-bred and take up to 9 months to reach maturity, and roam free from field to field, eating what they find and the food they raise for the hogs to eat. Big Creek Farm is dedicated to the purity of the Tamworth breed and bringing the finest pork products to your table. Website: www.bigcreekfarm-florida.comContact: [email protected] Ballard FarmBallard Farm provides farm-fresh produce, naturally grown.Website: [email protected] P&K NurseryP&K Nursery offers Boston ferns, bougainvillea plants and beautiful baskets.Website: [email protected] Hill Honey Co.East Hill Honey Co was created to capture the story of honey and give dignity to the artisan beekeeper. We desire to connect the food lovers, chefs and the everyday family to the beautiful and complex flavors of hand-crafted honey, a savory experience par to none.Website: www.easthillhoney.comRetail location(s): Apple Market, East Hill Market, Ever'man Coop, Fresh Market, and more. Contact: [email protected]'s Daydream ApiaryKittrell's Daydream Apiary is founded upon a daydream to live off the land and produce something we can use that helps others as well. They produce local raw honey, pure beeswax, pollen and honey soap.Website: www.kittrellsdaydream.comRetail location(s): Uptown MarketContact: [email protected] Hill Edible GardeningEast Hill Edible Gardening provides vegetable and herb starter plants with the widest selection of edible plants around! You can have a great garden year-round with their seasonal selection of plants. Website: www.easthillediblegardening.comContact: [email protected] Gem TropicalsHigh-quality Florida Citrus Trees. Produced in accordance with Florida Plant Industry Guidelines.Contact: [email protected]  Food/Beverage:Mrs. Jones Cold BrewMrs. Jones Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate lets you be the barista! Hot or cold, black or au lait, make coffee the way you like it.Website: www.mrsjonescoldbrew.comRetail location(s): Nomadic's CafeContact: [email protected] DeLuna CoffeeFrom an atmosphere of white sandy beaches, cool gulf breezes and long winding bayous comes DeLuna Coffee Company.Website: www.delunacoffee.comRetail location(s): De Luna Coffee: 1014 Underwood Ave Suite D Pensacola 32504, Apple Market, Jo Patti's, Ever’man Coop, East Hill Market, Uptown MarketContact: [email protected] L.A. GourmetL.A. Gourmet specializes in BBQ Sauces, better bloody mary mixers, rubs and other delicious items.Website: www.loweralabamagourmet.comRetail Location(s): Apple Market, County Piggly Wiggly’s, Beach Jerky, Waves Market Gulf ShoreContact: [email protected] The Hummus LadyThe Hummus Lady joyfully creates organic hummus for neighbors, friends and families in Pensacola. Both traditional and unique flavors made weekly.Website: www.thehummuslady.comRetail location(s): Ever’man Coop, Uptown Market, Apple Market, Joe Patti'sContact: [email protected] Aunt Mandy’s SweetsAunt Mandy’s makes traditional Brazilian truffles known as 'Docinhos'. They come in a variety of flavors and make special days in Brazil even sweeter.Website: location(s): Nomadic's CafeContact: [email protected] A Gift to AfricaA Gift to Africa offers moringa and baobab fruit products.Website: www.agift2africa.comContact: [email protected] Pretty Bear’s BakeryPretty Bear’s Bakery specializes in Chinese Pastries with a focus on authenticity and health. All of their baked goods are 100% handmade. Delivery or pick-up is available.Website: www.theprettybearsbakery.comContact: [email protected] 30A Barks30A Barks believe in putting the same nutrition and care into our pets as we do ourselves. That is why they've created an easy, affordable way for you to take care of your four-legged family members.Website: www.30abarks.comContact: [email protected] Happy Dog 123Grain-free dog treats.Website: www.myhappydog123.comContact: [email protected] Insanely Savage PecansHandcrafted spiced pecans, they are savory, sweet and smoky with just a hint of spice. Available in three sizes.Website: www.insanelysavagepecans.comContact: [email protected]&D MillFresh ground grits and cornmeal. Delivery available.Website: location(s): Bailey's, Apple Market, Flora Bama FarmsContact: [email protected]'s Daily Bread CateringItalian food caterer and baker, available for corporate functions, weddings, graduations, anniversaries and other events. Licensed caterer and food vendor.Website: www.franksdailybreadcatering.comContact: [email protected] FruitblessChicken, beef and guava empanadas. Mango, passion fruit and soursop juices and frozen fruit pulp.Website: [email protected] Macaron ChefItalian food caterer and baker, available for corporate functions, weddings, graduations, anniversaries and other events. Licensed caterer and food vendor.Website: Contact: [email protected] TreatsKettle corn and gourmet snacks!Website: www.southern-treats.comContact: [email protected] Family Lettuce & BreadsFresh lettuce and breads. Call to place your order today! For sourdough bread, please place your orders by Wednesday for Saturday pickup. Contact: (850) 723-8717Tony's Tejas SalsaWorld's best salsa!Website: Retail location(s): Apple Market, Greer's CashsaverContact: [email protected] Redfox's Gourmet Pet TreatsRedfox's makes all-natural, fresh dog & cat treats for your four-legged friends. You can order unique options like their Harvest Pumpkin Dog Cookies, Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Brownies or even their Sardine with Catnip for Cats for your feline friends. AND 100% of the proceeds go to helping their rescue animals. Put your order in today, here.Website: [email protected]/Cosmetics:Ladyloved, Skin CareEvery color, every scent, every beautifying effect is the result of strictly natural ingredients. That includes organic and wild-crafted ingredients when possible. They don't compromise. Neither should you.Website: www.ladyloved.comContact: [email protected] Harmony Creek FarmsHandmade using the old-fashioned Cold Process method, Harmony Creek Farms makes their soap in small, quality controlled batches, from the highest quality olive, coconut, and palm oils. This creates a wonderfully smooth and creamy soap with lots of lather.Website: www.harmonycreekfarm.comRetail location(s): Ever’man CoopContact: [email protected] Beach Bird BotanicalsBeach Bird Botanicals is a locally owned, handcrafted soap and toiletries company serving the Pensacola area. Products include cold processed bar soap, foaming liquid soap, lotion bars and sugar scrubs.Website: www.beachbirdbotanicals.comRetail location(s): Geronimo's, Turtle’s Nest, Delivery available.Contact: [email protected] LunaStella Naturals100% natural skin and body care, offering a full facial care line, as well as products for aches and pains, body care, pregnancy and more. Their products are handmade only by them with ingredients provided by nature, meticulously chosen and formulated, and always free from synthetic additives and toxic processing. Website: www.lunastellanaturals.comRetail location(s): 4 Squared Holistic StudioContact: [email protected] Thrive Health Elderberry syrup with organic ingredients and raw wildflower East Hill Honey. DIY elderberry syrup kits and essential oil rollerballs.Website: http://www.floridaelderberry.comRetail location(s): Uptown Market, Ever'man, Apple Market, Old City Market, The Daily SqueezeContact: [email protected] Art/Misc:Changing Tides JewelryChanging Tides Jewelry is so much more than ‘just jewelry’. This is a homegrown company that is powered by dedication to the art of metalsmithing, the skill and craftsmanship involved in creating each piece, and the empowerment of the individual.Website: www.changingtidesjewelry.comRetail location(s): Rusted Arrow MercantileContact: [email protected] Bradley Deal Fine ArtCreating original marine artwork inspired by life on the Gulf Coast.Website: www.BradleyDeal.comRetail location(s): Apple Market, Perdido Arist Gallery & GiftsContact: [email protected] Rebecca McCall PhotographyGulf Coast underwater photography.Website: www.rebeccamccallphotography.comRetail location(s): Springhill Suites Navarre BeachContact: [email protected] Delia Stone JewelryHandmade cloisonne, wire lacework, wire wrap and metalwork.Website: location(s): Blue Morning GalleryContact: [email protected] Mockingbird Art Glass and DesignOriginal art glass designs shown featuring a lifelong love of art, color and the joy of creating.Website: www.krisannesglass.weebly.comRetail location(s): Milton, Fl by appointment call: (317) 918-4923Contact: [email protected] Charlotte Mason Print Co. Charlotte Mason Printing Company is a printing press and design shop owned by Caitlyn Cooney in Pensacola specializing in hand-printed goods including posters, stationery, greeting cards, custom work, and more.Website: location(s): Bluejay's Bakery, Rusted Arrow MercantileContact: [email protected] Bizentine PressAward-winning Fiction and Non-fiction Books by M.M. Le BlancWebsite: location(s): Bodacious Bookstore & CafeContact: [email protected] Lyvon's PotteryLocal, hand-made pottery.Retail location(s): Renfroe Pecan Company (both locations), Ever'man (both locations)Contact: [email protected] AwesometropolisAwesometropolis offers superhero capes/masks, princess aprons, tiaras and wands. Character reading pillows. Tooth pillows, Stuffies etc.Website: www.theawesometropolis.comRetail location(s): Can arrange delivery or pickupContact: [email protected] Flaura by LauraJewelry and wall art made with real flowers.Website: location(s): Fiore of PensacolaContact: [email protected] AndyworksHandmade horseshoe crafts including Christmas trees, lamps, home and barn decor.Website: [email protected] Jeslyn Cantrell ArtIllustrator/printmaker creating limited edition, woodblock prints by hand.Website: [email protected] Judy Bardsley ArtJewelry and art.Website: [email protected] Slaybelles Design Making where you live a little bit more beautiful. Slaybelles Design's inspiration is nature, finding something that may have been discarded or overlooked, and giving it another life in your home!Website: [email protected]'s NaturalsHandmade eco-friendly baby teethers.Website: [email protected] Shevat ArtGorgeous, color inspired art work and reproductions. Commissions or unique projects available upon request. Website: location(s): Quayside Art Gallery, Miles Antique MallContact: [email protected] Mitchell PotteryHandmade stoneware and porcelain.Contact: [email protected] the Birds RealtyCustom birdhouses and feeders made from reclaimed and recycled items. They are functional, decorative and make wonderful gifts!Website: [email protected] Jon Winslow ArtFunky paintings of tropical beach scenes and wildlife. Offering local delivery and pickup options!Website: Contact: [email protected] Elliott Fine ArtLocal Pensacola and beautiful beach paintings in handmade reclaimed barn wood frames. Offering prints of original paintings. Local delivery and mailing services provided. Website: [email protected]
The Downtown Guide for Vegetarians
Posted: Mar 11, 2020 1:44 PMUpdated: Jul 7, 2020 11:22 PM
Downtown Pensacola is brimming with dining options to suit any dietary need, and we’re proud to boast a wide variety of restaurants, inspired by cuisines from all over the world. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or just looking to reduce the amount of meat you eat, downtown is the place for you! Check out the mouth-watering options below to consider for your next downtown excursion:End of the Line CaféA hidden Pensacola gem since 2002, End of the Line serves up a wide range of vegan sandwiches, salads and wraps, such as the New Orleans-style Muffuletta and Cuban Panini. But the real game-changers are their weekly Thursday Dinner and Sunday Brunch specials. We recommend keeping an eye on their Facebook page for updates on these unique options. End of the Line also offers a range of unique, local craft beers, wine, Big Jerk sodas, baked goods, coffee, and even catering! If you’re trying to decrease the amount of meat in your diet, End of the Line makes it an effortless and enjoyable experience.Vegfest (March 28)The annual Vegfest is a celebration of plant-based foods, drinks and desserts! The event is all about promoting ways for people have easy access to plant-based options. This year’s festival takes place at Community Maritime Park on March 28 from 11am-6pm. Visitors are invited to join in the congregation of vegan food vendors, free yoga, live music, guest speakers, jewelry, clothes, planetary peace and much more. Doghouse DeliA local favorite, Doghouse Deli offers a wide range of creative hot dog options with a 6” vegetarian hot dog. You can customize your meal with various toppings like green onions, sauerkraut, pickled jalapeños, kimchi, cucumber and guacamole, or choose a signature combo from their menu (we recommend the Chicago-style). But that’s not all, the Doghouse menu is extensive, offering additional vegetarians alternatives like the Veggie Burrito and Beyond the Meat Italian Sausage. Palafox MarketEvery Saturday from 9am-2pm, hundreds of local vendors fill the tree-lined paths of MLK Plaza for Palafox Market, offering an eclectic range of handmade, homegrown and handcrafted items. With numerous local farmers attending the market every week, visitors can pick up locally-grown, seasonal produce. Get creative with the local produce from various vendors including Forland Family Farms, Stewart Farms, Nature Nine Farms, Maeday Farms and Ballard’s Farm. If you’re looking for the perfect mid-morning snack while you’re at the market, check out Nana’s Gourmet Tamales, the Banana Bar and Mimi’s Crepes. However, our best suggestion is to turn up at one end of MLK Plaza and see where the sights and smells take you!Skopelos at New WorldExecutive Chef Gus Silivos offers his talented take on Mediterranean cuisine at Skopelos at New World; a Pensacola institution since 1959. For lunch you can enjoy mouth-watering options like the vegan Impossible Shepherd’s Pie, or the E.L.T., with house-made eggplant  “bacon”, lettuce, tomato and red pepper hummus on sourdough. The dinner menu also features vegan “Scallops” made with King Trumpet mushrooms, vegan “Fish” tacos made with jackfruit and even a vegan Lumache Pasta with pesto, sun-dried tomato, toasted walnuts and baby spinach. Be sure to check out their weekly “Vegan + Vino Wednesdays” where they offer innovative vegan dinner specials.Ripe Cold Pressed Juice & SuperfoodsLooking for a quick and healthy pick-me-up? Head over to Ripe next door to Ride Society and check out their selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, boosters, açai bowls and more. Looking for something smooth and simple? Try the Cooldown smoothie with strawberry, banana, almond milk, dates and almond butter. Looking to give the immune system a boost? Try the R2 juice with carrot, apple, lemon, ginger and turmeric. Ripe also gives you the option to create-your-own smoothies and offers more substantial food choices like their Avocado Toast, Overnight Oats and Ripe Superfood Quinoa Bowl. Fosko Coffee This stylish, yet nostalgic spot may be your go-to for lattes, mochas, frappes and more, but did you know that they also offer a tempting food menu? That’s right, Fosko gives a crepe about your dietary needs with sweet and savory crepe options to suit every customer. Our favorites are the Mushroom-Swiss with eggs and spinach and the Spinach-Artichoke with brie cheese. And if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the classic Strawberry, Banana, Nutella or the twist on a favorite, Lavender S’mores.Khon’s On PalafoxAs you work your way down Palafox, we encourage you to treat the tastebuds to some Southeastern Asian cuisine at Khon’s On Palafox. This stylish spot features a sushi bar, Asian tapas, fine sake and specialty sake cocktails. The veggie fan favorites include their Vegan Dumplings, Vegetable Stir Fry and vegan sushi options.Pineapple Express Rice BowlsThis new eatery on Garden St. is a great place for a quick, healthy lunch. Pineapple Express Rice Bowls offers customizable express bowls with a rice or quinoa base, a protein list that includes black beans and tofu as well as various sauces and toppings, garnished with bell pepper, red onion, scallions and pineapple. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a Dole Whip or Pineapple Float for dessert!Angelena’s Ristorante ItalianoThis authentic Italian spot was opened last year with celebrity Chef James Briscione at the helm. Guests can sample Angelena's comprehensive menu and carefully curated wine list for an unforgettable dining experience. Start your meal with the Tomato-Fennel Soup and follow it up with the Asparo Guy pizza, topped with roasted garlic, asparagus, ricotta and cured egg yolk. But make sure you leave some room for their show-stopping tiramisu!SaBai Thai on Jefferson St. SaBai Thai is an ideal spot for those looking for cultural cuisine with plenty of veggie options. Start off with Spring Rolls, Tofu Triangles and Veggie Soup, and follow them up with something more substantial. You can choose from their Coconut Soup, Vegan Chef Curry, Pepper Noodles or Tofu Salad. Their cozy dining space is located on Jefferson St. at amongst various enticing Southtowne shops. Old City MarketThis new bodega-style hangout greets guests with an old-fashioned ice cream bar and soda fountain. Grab a banana split or a root beer float for a nostalgic treat. Their menu also offers a range of hot chocolates, coffees, malt shakes and more. And everything on the menu can be served vegan (even the ice cream!) Whether you’re looking for a place to treat the kids or a great spot for a weekend date, we suggest giving Old City Market a try.Jordan ValleyJordan Valley is a downtown mainstay, serving up some of the best Mediterranean food around. The menu has a bunch of options including salads, soups, platters, shareable starters and desserts! You can’t go wrong with some Stuffed Grape Leaves and Kalamata Olives to start, followed by a Falafel platter with hummus, lettuce, tomato, pickles and Tahini sauce (and maybe some extra Tzatziki sauce on the side). Then finish it off with some authentic Baklava for the true Jordan Valley experience.Bodacious Shops/So ChoppedA bustling spot for coffee, lunch, gratuitous-olive-oil-sampling, gift shopping and even cooking classes, the Bodacious Family of Shops offers plenty for the veggie-inclined. Don’t just stop at the coffee when visiting the Bodacious Brew, check out their menu with build-your-own omelets, açaí bowls, wraps, quiches and signature salads. And if you’re feeling like something a little more custom, head over to the So Chopped salad bar for a meal tailored to meet your needs with fresh veggies, fruits, cheeses, nuts and other toppings. The Tin CowAt Tin Cow, the world is your oyster mushroom. While we could steer you in the direction of their iconic onion rings, fried pickle spears or hummus, the real beauty of this dining establishment is in their “Design Your Own Burger” process. First, you choose from various protein options including Spicy Black Bean, Vegan Patty and Impossible Burger. Then once you’ve selected your bun and cheese, you can go crazy with toppings ranging from pickled beets to banana peppers and top it all off with a fitting sauce. Will you be in the mood for a creamy, tangy Pesto Parmesan Aioli? Or something sweet and savory with a kick like the Mango Habañero Ketchup? But the fun doesn’t stop there, accompany your burger with tasty sides like the corn tortilla chips, steamed broccoli or loaded potato salad.Ever’man CooperativeWhile many people are familiar with Ever’man Coop’s healthy, high-quality groceries, some may not be aware of the Hot Bar and Café section. At Ever’man you’ll find freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies (try the Blueberry Bomb), signature sandwiches and a hot bar where you can load up your own plate with salads and heated food, cooked fresh every day - with at least 6-8 vegan and vegetarian options offered on most days. Whether you’re looking to stock up the fridge with fresh foods or grab a quick, but healthy lunch, Ever’man is a great place to check out!Food Trucks:Nomadic’s Café: Check out many people’s go-to lunch spot at Nomadic’s Café, a culinary/coffee collaboration between Nomadic Eats food truck, Mrs. Jones Cold Brew and Big Jerk Soda. Vegetarians can enjoy the unbelievably tasty veggie rice bowls and veggie tacos, but it might be worth making an exception from the strict veggie diet for their Bacalhau Croquette rice bowl. In addition to great food, creative cold brews and quality sodas, Nomadic’s Café also features local food and beverage producers in Pensacola. So grab some tacos, order some coffee and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at this new downtown spot.Two Birds Street Food: Two Birds pairs well with local, craft beer at Odd Colony. Veggie-friendly options include their Brussels and Apple Salad, Pimento Cheese Melt and Roasted Mushroom flatbread. Two Birds is always cooking up fresh culinary creations that are globally inspired and made with locally sourced ingredients. And for the pescatarians, they also offer a bunch of options with fresh, local fish, crab and shrimp!Mad Munchies: Mad Munchies is your next favorite veggie fast-food option and can often be found at Emerald Republic Brewing. This plant-based food truck features crowd-pleasers like their Gyro Nachos, Chili Cheese Dog, BBQ Sammy and sides dishes. They also offer a special vegan Southern-style Sunday brunch. Check out their Facebook page for the latest menu offerings.For the Pescatarians:If cutting down on meat is your goal but you’re still looking to include freshly-caught, local fish, we’ve got some great options for you to consider, boasting plenty of healthy seafood options:South MarketNom Sushi IzakayaO’Riley’s Irish PubThe Fish HouseAtlas Oyster HouseJackson’s RestaurantCarmen’s Lunch Bar
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day in Downtown Pensacola
Posted: Mar 9, 2020 8:43 PMUpdated: Mar 9, 2020 8:43 PM
On March 17th, everyone’s a little Irish. What started as a Christian Feast Day in Ireland in the 1700s has since become a widely-celebrated holiday around the world. This year, there are plenty of celebrations and events in Downtown Pensacola to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so get ready to celebrate all things green.O’Riley’s Irish Pub is hosting the 5th annual Grog March on Saturday, March 14th. The pub crawl starts at 4:00 p.m. and makes four stops in the Downtown area. Participants are asked to bring two food items or a cash donation for Manna Food Pantries. On March 17th, O’Riley’s will be hopping with an all day-celebration that kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and includes live music and a corned beef and cabbage special.  Keep the festivities alive at Seville Quarter from 11:00 a.m. with green beer, Irish drink specials, as well as lunch and dinner specials of Irish Stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage. But that’s not all, SoGourmet is offering a five-course dinner to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Pot Roast & Pinot is inviting people to a special Irish Whiskey tasting. If that’s not enough, you can also sample one of the 40 Irish whiskies available at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar. One of the most successful all-female groups in Irish history will perform in Downtown Pensacola this Spring. The Grammy-nominated international music group Celtic Woman is bringing their North American Tour to the Pensacola Bay Center on April 19th. The four soloists continue the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song and are backed by a band, traditional step-dancers and vocalists. Want to brush up on your Irish history or try some traditional dishes? The Bodacious Bookstore and Cafe will have an Irish travel guide and some new Irish cookbooks for sale in Mid-March. If you have a specific book in mind that you don’t see on the shelves, the staff will be happy to order it for you.
The Remarkable Life and Lasting Legacy of General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr.
Posted: Feb 27, 2020 4:24 PMUpdated: Mar 3, 2020 11:39 PM
The life and impressive career of a Pensacola man who made U.S. Military history, Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., is still being honored today. James was born on February 11, 1920 in Pensacola, growing up in a home located just north of the downtown district at 1608 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historical Places.James attended his mother’s private school, then graduated from Washington High School in Pensacola. He attended the Tuskegee Institute, becoming one of the famous Tuskegee Airmen and serving in the 99th Squadron. James became an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of Four-Star General in the Armed Forces. He flew 101 combat missions during the Korean War, 78 combat missions in the Vietnam War and received numerous military and civilian honors, including the George Washington Freedom Foundation Medal in 1967 and in 1968.In Pensacola, the property where James grew up is now home to a Museum and Flight Academy and public memorial. The museum showcases James’ life and accomplishments, while the flight academy offers quality programs for youth. A group of African American pilots based at Naval Air Station Pensacola started the flight academy in 1996 and for more than two decades, students have received training in aviation basics and aerodynamics, as well as STEM lessons.In early 2020, the nation joined the City of Pensacola in celebrating the 100th anniversary of General James’ birth, and the Pensacola City Council proclaimed February 11th General “Chappie” James Day. The Chappie James Museum of Pensacola is free and open to the public every Thurs-Sat from 11am - 3pm. For information, call 850-542-4721. [PHOTO CREDIT:]
Unique, Diverse Women of Pensacola's Past: Genvieve Ham 1750-1852
Posted: Feb 17, 2020 3:15 PMUpdated: Feb 17, 2020 9:44 PM
Genvieve Ham was a former slave who earned her freedom, and for the remainder of her life lived in Pensacola as a free woman of color. She is listed in the 1820 Census of Pensacola as a Pardo (a person of mixed racial ethnicity). A talented seamstress, she prospered—buying property, building a home, and furnishing it with an extensive inventory of furniture and housewares. She also purchased Zelina, a domestic slave, as her servant. In her will, Genvieve left her major possessions to the children of a local family to whom she had close ties. In addition to her house and lot, she left them her furniture and kitchenwares, along with her silver ladle and silver spoons. In her will she freed Zelina, to whom she bequeathed all of her clothing—an inheritance of considerable value at the time. You can visit the grave where Genvieve Ham is buried in historic St. Michael’s Cemetery in downtown Pensacola at 6 N. Alcaniz Street. A Catholic cemetery dating back to 1807, St. Michael's is an open-air museum, part of Pensacola's rich history and a place full of stories. The cemetery was dedicated as a state park in 1949 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The earliest surviving above-ground markers in St. Michael’s are associated with Pensacola’s Second Spanish Period (1781-1821). A weathered gravestone marks the spot where Genvieve Ham was laid to rest in 1852. It represents her age as 102 years, but she is believed to have been around 85 years old when she died. …Still, a long and successful life that saw many changes.[Special Thanks To: Margo Stringfield, UWF Archeology Institute]