Porter's honors pioneers


Those honored were, from left, James "Bama" Prouvitt, Janie Williams, Mamie Leath, Ruby Williams, Henry Leath and Valerie Bolen Hobbs, the daughter of pioneer Rufus "Uncle Nine" Brooks, who was not in attendance, who are pictured with Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe, Gigi Simmons, president of the Porter's Community Organization, and Gainesville City Commissioner Scherwin Henry.

CLEVELAND TINKER/Special to the Guardian
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.

The Porter's Community Organization recognized six pioneers Monday night at the Porter's Community Center.

Nearly 60 people attended the event.

Before the recognition, Fred Awbrey talked about the University of Florida playing its first home football games on a field located in Porter's. His presentation included newspaper clippings from as far back as 1883.

Those honored were Porter's residents James "Bama" Prouvitt, Janie Williams, Mamie Leath, Ruby Williams, Henry Leath and Valerie Bolen Hobbs, the daughter of pioneer Rufus "Uncle Nine" Brooks, who was not in attendance.

Each of them have lived in the area for at least 30 years.

Also attending were Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and Gainesville City Commissioner Scherwin Henry.

Gigi Simmons is the president of the Porter's Community Organization.

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