Ordinary People. Extraordinary Lives. The Untold Story.

Unsung Heroes


“We never had to look far for role models; they were our grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors and friends.”

          -Leslie Caroline

It is the unsung and unrecognized who have quietly, in the most modest way made tremendous contributions to our community and beyond.  Our Unsung Heroes represent hope, faith, courage, determination, and unwavering dedication.


Allen, Fannie,   Enhanced Lives of Others


Bartee, Willie F.,  Riverside Business Legend
Boyd, Edward F.   American Marketing Executive


Caroline, Gay Anita,  Red Cross and Civil Rights Worker
Caroline, Etienne Jr.Detective & Special Agent
Carpenter, Herman Sr.,  Deputy Sheriff & Investigator
Clisby, Neil,   Heavyweight Prizefighter


Davis, Bill Civil Rights Warrior


Gordon, Walter,  Governor of Virgin Islands


Jackson, Horace, Educator & Mentor
Jamerson, Charles F.Tuskegee Airman
Johnson, Alice Rowan,  Riverside School Teacher, 1896
Johnson, Frank,   Filed Lawsuit in 1920‘s



Key, Alice,   Cotton Club Dancer, Civil Rights Activist


Ligon, Bernice Goodwin,   Owner of Aquarian Bookstore


Mackey, Anita JohnsonWho’s Who of American Women
Mitchell, Dr. James A.,  Physician & Inventor
Moss, Rev. Leander B.,  Minister, Park Avenue Baptist Church


Smith, Eddie DeeAmbassador of Goodwill
Stratton, Omar & BerthaCivil Rights Activists
Streeter, MelvinOvercame Barriers
Strickland, CliffLegendary Golfer
Strickland, Ed, Fireman,  Captain & Inventor
Strickland, Errol,  Superintendent, Sanitation Department


Williams, McCoy Edward,   Hall of Fame Swimmer


“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren’t we should behave as though we are–cheerful, kind, loving, courteous.  Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”

-Maya Angelou

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