A 2003 Local Visionary Honoree
Del Jupiter is a native of Pensacola, FL and a
fifth generation Floridian. She has an A.B. Degree from Spelman College
in Atlanta, GA and an M.S. in Library Science from Atlanta University.
During her long career, she worked as a branch librarian in
Now retired, Del became interested in her family stories about a great-great-grandmother, a slave who was allegedly born in Spain and brought to Florida during the Spanish rule. She decided to engage in genealogical research because of this interest. This research led to the discovery of her ggggrandmother in 1770 Louisiana.
In 1990, Del was admitted to membership in the Florida Pioneer
Descendants Society. She was the first person of African American
descent in that state to document
her heritage from a free person of color back to
Del has written extensively about genealogy and her research into her ancestral lines. Her articles have appeared in many publications and journals including the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and have have won numerous awards including:
Del has been a frequent guest speaker at local and national genealogy conferences including the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Historical Society. She has conducted and participated in numerous genealogy seminars and workshops at the National Archives in Atlanta, the New Orleans Public Library, the Anniston, AL Public Library, the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Atlanta, and Spelman College among others. She was a volunteer at the Family History Center in Jonesboro, GA. She is a long-time member of AfriGeneas and a contributor of online records to AfriGeneas and the USGenWeb Project.
On October 17, 2003, Del Jupiter will be honored as a Local Visionary by the National Visionary Leadership Project at an awards gala to be held at the Kennedy Center. Del was selected and interviewed as a Local Visionary, an extraordinary elder, by an NVLP fellow for her pioneering contributions as a librarian, educator, historian and genealogist. Her interview will eventually be archived on the project's website.
11 Oct 2003 | 12 Oct 2003
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