On November 2nd, 1982 a black woman was elected to the Fort Myers City Council. Veronica Shoemaker was the first African American to win an elected office in the City of Palms.
As "A Florida Life Remembers" returns to the airwaves, we hear from Mr. Pat McCutcheon. Born in Fort Myers in 1921, and raised under Jim Crow, McCutcheon organized the voter registration that ultimately led to Veronica Shoemaker's electoral victory 24 years ago.
The 85 year old still works part-time. During his life he's been a taylor, a shopkeeper and a storeowner. His hobby is collecting model trains.
"A Florida Life Remembered is produced in cooperation with the Lee County Public Library System.
Tuesday, 07 November 2006 00:00
A Florida Life RememberedWritten by WGCU Newsroom