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Prince Butler Boston

Prince Butler Boston 1847-1946

 

Prince Butler Boston was the son of a Georgia slave owner and moved to Central Florida in 1885 when he was 12 years old. After the citrus freeze during the 1890s, Boston’s father abandoned the citrus industry and moved to Miami. He left most of his land to Boston, who used the land to better serve Oviedo’s burgeoning black community. He was educated in the public schools of Oviedo, finishing high school at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Boston was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and was ordained a deacon there. He became the superintendent of the church’s Sunday School as well. Once membership in the church began to grow, he designed a second choir stand for the church, and two additional classrooms for the Sunday School. He also gave five acres of land to the church to build a cemetery which today is known as the Boston Hill Cemetery. In the end he served at the church for nearly 61 years beginning in 1886 until he died in 1946 at 5 a.m. at his home with his loving wife of 62 years and his son at his side.