The Sage Project

Bessie Johnson Davenport
"I was born in Leesburg, Florida. We moved to Winter Park when I was about four years old; I¿ve been here ever since. We moved into a four room house on Pennsylvania built by Mr. Britt, a black man. When I was young, I got it in my mind that all I really wanted to do was sew. Ms. Allie Colston was one of the best seamstresses I¿ve ever seen. And that¿s what gave me, made me want to sew because she made such pretty things. I had started doing things by trying to go by patterns."  Mrs. Davenport is shown standing proudly at the front door
of her Winter Park residence.
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( Peter Schreyer )

Bessie Johnson Davenport "I was born in Leesburg, Florida. We moved to Winter Park when I was about four years old; I¿ve been here ever since. We moved into a four room house on Pennsylvania built by Mr. Britt, a black man. When I was young, I got it in my mind that all I really wanted to do was sew. Ms. Allie Colston was one of the best seamstresses I¿ve ever seen. And that¿s what gave me, made me want to sew because she made such pretty things. I had started doing things by trying to go by patterns." Mrs. Davenport is shown standing proudly at the front door of her Winter Park residence.

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