About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve black history, improve race relations, and create a greater understanding of our collective community legacy

About Martin County Black Heritage Initiatives

Martin County Black Heritage Initiatives (MCBHI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our purpose is to uncover, share and preserve the stories of the challenges, achievements and contributions of Black Americans in shaping Martin County during its formative years and into the distinct community it is today. Our long-term vision is to improve race relations in the community and build a shared legacy through historic preservation and education. 

The organization will build upon the efforts of past historians and other groups who have persevered to collect and safeguard these remnants of Black American heritage and culture with several key initiatives already underway. 

The Martin County Black Heritage Initiatives has already energized a diverse group of citizens to come together to spearhead these time sensitive projects and initiatives. The group is encouraged by the collaborative opportunities already being discussed at the local, state, and national level with educational and government partners.

Board of Directors


  • Lloyd L. Jones
  • Tony Anderson
  • Diana Owens
  • E. Thelma Waters
  • Lorene Grant


  • Lloyd Jones, President
  • Georgina Faye Anderson, Vice President
  • Chandler M. Josie, Secretary
  • Stephen Okiye, Treasurer
  • Sabrina McLeod, Secretary