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State Rep. James Bush lll
“Brownsville had it going on during that time. I mean it was a pride. It was a richness that you can't even describe today. And then you had some of the most well-known politicians lived in Brownsville. You heard Joe Lang Kershaw who was a state Representative in the Florida house, you had Gwen Cherry, Senator Gwen Cherry who also lived next door to Joe Lang Kershaw, and they lived on 46th Street and right off when pass across 27th Avenue, going east on the left-hand side all. On 49th Street, you had three representatives living on the same street who represented the district that I'm representing right now. Yeah. Jefferson Reaves, his father, he was a former schoolteacher. He lived on, 49th Street.”
“So, a historic, Historical Designation or historic rather destination of Brownsville would mean, all of those things that I just quoted to you. It would mean. That our history. Has been recognized. And it's not been suffocated. And our children and our children's children, will know that we all came one day through Brownsville. And we want that history to be embellish upon as we passed the baton of humanity on to the next generation.”