Promises from the Palmetto Bush by Cynthia Strachan

Official Release

(Florida, U.S.A. – January 22, 2007:) Many will recognize Cynthia Strachan as “Jus Cynthia” or “Cynthia Saunders” – a singer, actress and songwriter who considers the U.S. Virgin Islands a second home. Cynthia has added “Author” to her list of sobriquets with Promises from the Palmetto Bush, the Genesis of Carver Ranches. A presentation and book signing was held at the Carver Ranches Library in West Park, Florida.

In 1940, a small town was born in unincorporated Broward County by the name of Carver Ranches. Its birth was the brainchild of a group of white businessmen who purchased 300 acres of undeveloped land full of palmetto bushes. Oddly enough, they only sold property to black folks. So you see, Carver Ranches was a planned black community from the start.

The reason they sold to blacks only remains unknown. What is known is that the early settlers met the unknown that awaited them with courage. Perhaps they relied on a good God, good times, and good neighbors to help them make it through the rough times. These pioneering residents left a solid foundation for us to continue to build upon.

Forty-three pioneer families share their compelling stories and treasured photographs. This documentary comes at a time of new beginnings. In 2005 Carver Ranches was combined with three other unincorporated areas, Lake Forest; Miami Gardens; and Utopia, to form the 31st city of Broward County, West Park.

Visitors may view the photo exhibit that remains at Carver Ranches Library,4735 SW 18 Street, West Park, FL 33023. Susie Daniel Elementary Charter School (954-894-2826), and Carver Ranches Daycare Center (954-963-1063) located at 2201 SW 42 Ave, West Park, FL 33023 are selling the book as a fundraiser.

The book is also available online at; the price is $30.00.

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