Edward Waters Faculty and Students appear in PBS documentary The SECRETS OF SPANISH FLORIDA-SECRETS OF THE DEAD SPECIAL.

Edward Waters Faculty and Students appear in PBS documentary The SECRETS OF SPANISH FLORIDA-SECRETS OF THE DEAD SPECIAL.

During the fall of 2016, Edward Wates College Teacher Education Faculty Professor, Mrs. Winifred Henry gave an all call announcement for faculty and students to engage in a historical documentary highlighting the treatment of slaves during the Spanish occupation of Florida. Many responded for the experience of making history real for future generations.

Secrets of Spanish Florida – A Secret of the Dead Special uncovers one story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks and follows some of America’s leading archaeologists, maritime scientists, and historians as they share the story of Florida’s earliest settlers. It’s a story that has taken more than 450 years to reveal.

On December 26, 2016, the fruit of their labor was shown on the Public Broadcasting Station, WJXT channel 7. The documentary is narrated by Actor Jimmy Smits .Producer/Writer is Robbie Gordon. Associate Producers are Josh Wallace, Jenny Mottier, and Jaime Greco. Director of Reenactments is Tony Haines. Director of Photography is Joe Karably. Senior Editors/Sound Design are Tony Haines and Ed Delgado. For Secrets of the Dead: Director of Programming Operations is Jane Buckwalter. Executive-in-Charge in Stephen Segaller. Executive Producer is Stephanie Carter.

The documentary explains in details that the first permanent European settlement in the United States was founded in 1565–two generations before the settlements in Jamestown and Plymouth–not by English Protestants, but by the Spanish and a melting pot of people they brought with them from Africa, Italy, Germany, Ireland and even converted Jews, who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes.

America’s original European forefathers were a melting pot of races that more closely resembled today’s population than was previously understood. The discovery of 1,000 pages of manuscripts written by members of the Timucuan tribe in the late 16th century indicates that these people, who lived in Georgia and Florida, had achieved a level of literacy among indigenous peoples that has not been recognized before. Nearly 125 years before the Emancipation Proclamation—in 1738—a colony of 100 former slaves had already been given their freedom and their own land in Spanish La Florida.

The Edward Waters Faculty and students portrayed in the film will present on stage their feelings about the slaves portrayed in the film. The Public is invited to a free showing of the film on February 26, 2018 in the Milne Auditorium from 1-4p.m.

Minority students engaged in STEM First Lego League Robotics Championship

Josetta Arnold, STEM Coordinator, President Nathaniel Glover, Robert Copeland, Executive Director STEM2HUB

February 3, 2018 was busy for President Glover, EWC students and the Teacher Education Department STEAM Coordinator as they participated in the FIRST LEGO League Northeast Florida Regional Championship. The championship was held in the Prime Osborn Convention Center with over 1500 participants. Robotics teams from throughout the state attended.  Three division of Robotics participated. Starting with the little children participating in the FIRST LEGO League Jr (K-3 kids) Middle school students (FLL), Senior high school students competed in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship teams using 18” robots. Teams competed for bids to the State Championship (right here in Jacksonville in April), and then to LEGOLAND California International Open in Carlsbad, California.

Efforts by many supporters produced winning teams in underrepresented such as females and Africa Americans. The only local minority winning team hails from the BEST Academy of The Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. STEM research reveals that women interest and participation is increasing as witnessed by the number of all girl robotics teams in the Regional Competition. However, participation by Black students continues

STAR WARS bring smiles to Edward Waters College President Glover

to fall below National guidelines. Churches are encouraged to form teams or support teams within our community.  For example, S.P. Livingston Elementary School through Principal Robert Gresham Sr. conducts a quarterly Stem Night for parents of his VPK through 2 grade students.  Mr. Gresham also hosted elementary schools teachers from R.V. Daniels (Ms. Lashawn Caldwell,

Josetta Arnold, STEM Coordinator, President Nathaniel Glover, Robert Copeland, Executive Director STEM2HUB

Principal) and Rufus Payne (Mrs. Weisha Killette, Principal) to participate in a CODE.org workshop as a precursor to building Robotics after school teams. Edward Waters College‘s Department of Teacher Education continues to prepare future teaches in STEM as a means of educating our community to move forward in STEM skill careers.

Home-going Announcement for Bishop John Hurst Adams




Bishop John Hurst Adams was our former EWC Chairman of our Board of Trustees while serving as the Presiding Prelate of the Eleventh Episcopal District. Our EWC gymnasium is named in his honor, the Adams-Jenkins Sports & Music Complex.



The wake will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Flipper Temple A.M.E. Church
580 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30314
Rev. Dr. Gregory Eason, Pastor

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.
Flipper Temple A.M.E. Church
580 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Rev. Dr. Gregory Eason, Pastor

The interment will be held at Southview Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Repast will be held at Flipper Temple following the interment.

In recognition of his faithful service to these AME institutions, and in lieu of flowers, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers at his Funeral, monetary contributions be made to our A.M.E. Institutions, which includes Edward Waters College.

Please keep Dr. Dolly D. Adams and the Adams family lifted in prayer.

Condolences may be sent to
Dr. Dolly D. Adams
2500 Peachtree Road #206N
Atlanta, GA 30305

Hotel Arrangements

For those traveling to Atlanta the following hotels are near Flipper Temple AME Church:

Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
267 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, GA

Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown
431 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, GA

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
275 Baker Street, NW, Atlanta, GA

Hilton Garden Inn, Midtown
97 10th Street, NW, Atlanta, GA

EWC Student Athletes – Champions of Character

Congratulations to our Student Athletes; Athletic Director, Mr. Stanley Cromartie; and President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover!

President Glover was recently honored by the Athletics Department for EWC Student Athletes, under the leadership of Mr. Stanley Cromartie and our Coaching Staff for receiving the Gold Award from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as Champions of Character!

Tiger Nation!