The Past is Present: Race, Violence and Resistance in the Making of DeLand

On Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. – noon, a historical bus tour of DeLand will be led by two Stetson faculty, Dr. Andy Eisen, History Department, and Dr. Pamela Cappas-Toro, World Languages and Cultures Department. This two-hour event introduces participants to the many untold and hidden histories of DeLand. Following a light breakfast and brief remarks, we will hop on a bus and visit a number of the town’s historic locations, including a sandwich shop where African American high school students protested segregated lunch counters, a courtroom where victims of white racial violence struggled to find justice, and more.

We will also analyze how public histories of DeLand, as depicted in downtown murals, tend to center on the figure of the white pioneer settler, all but erasing the contributions of other members of our community. We anticipate that by the time we conclude the tour, participants will have a deeper knowledge and a greater appreciation for the diverse groups of people whose lives and labor built this town. Following in the spirit of Black History Month, we hope this event will inspire continued reflection, conversations and community action as we confront how profoundly our town’s racial past is present.

RSVP for this event will be through Hattersync and with limited seating on the bus, please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible.


All attendees must be at LBC 108 (Rinker Auditorium) by 9:30 a.m. to sign waivers and hear brief remarks; all registered attendees will receive a light breakfast.