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Take 5 - Tom Coward Auditorium Dedication (August, 2016)

This edition of Alachua County's "Take 5" highlights the recent dedication of the County's Community Support Services Auditorium in the honor of former Alachua County Commissioner Thomas Coward. Coward served on the Alachua County Commission from 1974-1992, and was the first elected black County Commissioner in the state of Florida since the era of Reconstruction.
While serving on the County Commission, he established Alachua County's first Equal Opportunity Office, supported numerous capital projects of county-wide significance, passed a sales tax to support the Alachua County Library District, championed recreational improvements in the Monteocha area, and formed economic partnerships for East Gainesville improvements.

Mr. Coward is a United States Navy Veteran. After his military service, he returned to Gainesville, where he served 31 years in the Alachua County School System, finishing his tenure as an administrator at the School Board Office.

Category: Community Support Services, Communications Office,

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