Florida and the Colored Conventions Movement
Legacy of Gibbs Family
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Gibbs Hall, built in the mid-20th century, is a living legacy of the Thomas Van Rensselaer Gibbs’ legislative action in 1884 and his role as the first Vice President of the school from 1887-1900 and its second faculty member.1
Created one hundred years after Rev. Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs’ 1827 birth in Philadelphia, St. Petersburg, Florida’s Gibbs High School is a shining representation of Rev. Gibbs longing to improve the education of Black students.