Categories: The Bahamas.
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Stirrup was born on Harbour Island to mother was a woman of African ancestry. His father was her wealthy white employer from whom he took his last name, Sturrup (later altered to Stirrup.)
"When he passed at the age of 84 in 1957, he was not only one of the largest landholders in Coconut Grove, but had also done much to improve the housing conditions of the African-American community in Miami. .... At the age of nine, Stirrup was left in the care of relatives due to the untimely death of his mother. Determined to advance despite the odds, Stirrup saved his meager earnings and in 1888, at the age of 15, emigrated to Key West to live with an uncle. Under the tutelage of his uncle who was a carpenter, he learned the skills of woodworking and construction, which would prove extremely useful in the years to come." See: http://www.stirrupfamilylegacy.org/ewf-stirrupsr/
Along with his father, Simeon, and brother Joseph, John was the Lighthouse Keeper at Cape Florida in the early 1870s. He also took charge of Fowey Rocks Light. He was a seaman, commercial fisherman, and boat builder.
Ebenezer purchased his property in Coconut Grove from John Frow, husband of Adelaide Stirrup of harbour Island. Was Ebenezer Adelaide's nephew?
"The E.W.F. Stirrup House 3242 Charles Ave. This two-story frame house, built of Dade County pine in 1897, was the residence of E.W.F. Stirrup, the first Black developer in Coconut Grove, who migrated from Harbour Island, Bahamas in 1888. Stirrup built more than 100 homes in the area from coral rock and Dade County pine. He also had holdings in other parts of South Florida."
An elementary school in Miami bears the name of his son, also E.W.F. Stirrup, who was an educator..
More : "Charles Avenue & the West Grove by Arva Moore Parks The first Black settlement on the South Florida mainland is in Coconut Grove. Its history began in the early 1880s when Bahamian immigrants and southern Blacks came to South Florida to farm the land and look for a better life. Charles Avenue, once known as Evangelist Street, was the main hub of the Black community that was called Kebo, after the famous African mountain. Sites included the first Black school, church, fraternal society, library and cemetery. In the 1970s The Grove became the site of Goombay, a festival held the first weekend in June to celebrate the independence of the Islands of the Bahamas from Britain and to commemorate the accomplishments of South Florida’s Bahamian pioneers."
For another profile- "Mariah Brown House 3298 Charles Ave. Now under restoration, the Mariah Brown House was the first home on Evangelist Street/Charles Avenue. Ms. Brown, who came from Upper Bogue, Eleuthera, was the first permanent resident of the West Grove. She worked for the Peacock family, who built the Peacock Inn, Miami’s first hotel. She brought in other family members who comprised some of the earliest residents of the Coconut Grove community."
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