Eartha M.M. and Clara White

Black History Heroes | Eartha M.M. & Clara White
Posted on 02/06/2020
Eartha White and her mother Clara White

Eartha M. M. White was a humanitarian, businesswoman and philanthropist from Jacksonville. She created educational opportunities and provided relief to African-Americans in northeastern Florida. White helped found several organizations and institutions, including the Clara White Mission, Mercy Hospital and the Boy's Improvement Club. She was designated as a Great Floridian by the Florida Department of State in the year 2000.

Born in Jacksonville, the 13th child of a former slave, Eartha Mary Magdalene White attended schools in Florida and New York. An educator and publisher, she established the Clara White Mission in honor of her mother during the Depression in the 1930s. She also ran a prison mission and donated property for community projects, including the first park for black children. In 1967 she began the Eartha M.M. White Nursing Home, which grew into the area’s largest employer of blacks. She was a Women Hall of Fame inductee 1986.

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SDIRC would like to thank the Indian River County NAACP Branch #5151 for providing the content in today's 'Black History Heroes' biography.