Many Sanford residents aren’t aware of the rich history in the Goldsboro community, or even that Goldsboro was it’s own city before Mayor Forrest Lake’s shenanigans in Tallahassee back in 1911 nullified Goldsboro’s city charter, allowing the city of Sanford to annex – some would say take – the community.


By Francis Oliver

Levi Coleman, a “young colored man,” came to Sanford, Fla., in 1945 from Elba, Ala., looking for a better life for his family.

A group of volunteers led by Courtney Lanier are literally uncovering Sanford history while making the community better.

Lanier’s group, New Sanford Initiative (Facebook), is removing years of overgrown bushes, trees and weeds at Page-Jackson Cemetery, Sanford’s first black cemetery. Most of the 21-acre cemetery is maintained by the city of Sanford, but 6 acres lie in unincorporated Seminole County. Gravesites in that portion of the cemetery were maintained by churches and fraternal organizations that no longer exist, and the area is severely overgrown.

The Goldsboro Welcome Center recently hosted artist James Burke as he unveiled his work, “Historic Goldsboro Post Office,” which, as the title suggests, depicts the community’s former Post Office. The structure no longer stands. During the ceremony, Goldsboro Museum Curator Francis Oliver gave a brief history of Goldsboro.