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Polk Transit Celebrates Black History Month

Polk Transit is paying tribute to prominent Black American’s of the past and present and involving the local communities in the event.


Polk Transit, consisting of the provider network Citrus Connection, Winter Haven Area Transit and the Board of County Commissioners is paying tribute to prominent Black American’s of the past and present and involving the local communities in the event. Local groups or individuals have provided the posters for Black History Month.

Ten (10) bus shelters, mostly in the Lakeland area but including one in Winter Haven and Bartow will hold a special poster representing the historic Black American. These posters will remain in place in the shelters during Black History Month.

The posters are also part of a scavenger hunt open to all who wish to participate. The 10 shelter locations are listed on the Citrus Connection web site, ridecitrus.com. To participate simply copy the list on a piece of paper, visit each shelter and note the Black American featured in each shelter. The entries MUST include the name and contact information of the person submitting the entry. Completed list may be emailed to Citrus Connection at info@ridecitrus.com or dropped off at the office on 1212 George Jenkins Blvd. between 7 -5 Monday thru Friday. All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing for a gift. Comm. Phillip Walker is enthusiastic about this project. “We believe involving the community in this Black History Month project will benefit the participants while drawing attention to very special American’s whose accomplishments and service should be recognized”, said Commissioner Walker.

The Florida Modern Day Slavery Museum will spend Monday, February 11th at Citrus Connection’s Downtown Bus Terminal. At 11 AM there will be a brief event sharing the artwork that is posted in the shelters and thanking the Slavery Museum for sharing the day with transit riders. The Museum consists of a cargo truck outfitted as a replica of the truck involved in a recent slavery operation. It includes displays on the history and evolution of slavery in Florida. The museum will be open to the public at the Terminal between 7 AM and 5 PM. Admission is free.

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