Mr. Harvin was born in Crescent City, Florida and moved to Sarasota in 1940 when he was five years old. He was the one of the first black bankers in Sarasota and he brought Salvation Army bell ringing to the Newtown community. He has lived in both the Newtown and “Overtown” communities, and he attends Bethlehem Baptist church, which is the oldest African-American church in Sarasota.
Student Interviewer: Flannery French
Flannery is a third-year anthropology and gender studies student at New College of Florida. Flannery is interested in learning about oral history because it is a unique way of telling a story through in-depth interaction with one person.
Posted in: 2015