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The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) is a non-profit/tax-exempt historic preservation organization whose mission is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, Florida, "the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States" and the hometown of writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; to educate the public about Eatonville’s historic and cultural significance; and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.
P.E.C. is "hitting the re-set button" on how we fulfill our mission. Our goal remains to preserve Eatonville's precious heritage; to assist the community's return to the educational excellence it once enjoyed, thereby ensuring its ability to survive as a "healthy" community; and to utilize its heritage and cultural resources to benefit its economic growth.From our inception, we developed programs based on Pride of Heritage; Educational Excellence; and Cultural Arts. With funding from Orange County Citizens' Commission for Children (CCC), PEC created a high-touch, dropout prevention program called a Summer Performing Arts Workshop (SPAW). Its goals: improve students' self-esteem; improve their work ethic; and show them the relationship between hard work and success. For 20 years, SPAW was successful.
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