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A Mother’s Bout with Tragedy and a Brown-Skinned Bootlegger

I’ll introduce you to a mother from Tampa, Tonia Root, who faced tragedy head-on and is now sharing the story of what happened to her little boy, Gage, in her new book. Then, my guest storyteller today is Rudy Jean-Bart, an American History and African-American History Professor at Broward College’s South Campus. He’s going to tell us all about one of Florida’s lesser-known historical figures, James Jerome Johnson, a brown-skinned bootlegger who figured out how to work the systems to create his fortunes. And, if you listen all the way to the end, you’ll get to hear how I relate to one of these Florida figures. Listen in…

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Guest: Tonia Root from Tampa | Her book: “My Beautiful Boy”

Storyteller: Rudy Jean-Bart from Broward College on James Jerome Johnson from West Palm Beach

Link: ‘Cracker’ Johnson Ruled His Side Of West Palm In Early 20th Century

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