West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
Statement from the Board of Directors
June 4, 2020
Even as we learn new ways to live and operate an
organization safely amid economic and social upheaval from the COVID-19 virus,
we must acknowledge legacies of inequality and violence in our West Volusia communities.
As we confront them, the West Volusia Historical Society must look to the past
as a guide for present concerns.
We believe, like historian and Smithsonian Secretary Dr.
Lonnie G. Bunch, that “…History is a guide to a better future and demonstrates
that we can become a better society—but only if we collectively demand it from
each other and from the institutions responsible for administering justice.”
As a steward of West Volusia’s history, the Society must
be an open source of information and support as we work together to build an
informed path forward towards racial justice and equality. We must recommit to
our mission of researching, exploring and sharing the diverse and important
stories from West Volusia’s history: Stories of free and enslaved people of
African descent, stories of indigenous peoples who experienced settler
colonization and removal, and stories of settlers who came here, from many
different cultures and backgrounds, in search of a better life.
West Volusia Historical Society will continually strive
to be, for everyone, a safe, equitable, and thoughtful place to come together
and learn from our shared history as we seek a more just and compassionate