Black Hospital Marker Meeting
A comminuty meeting has been scheduled to begin to formulate plans for a historic marker to
commemorate the former American National Thrift Association Hospital (A.N.T.A) and its
founder Dr. Richard Samuel Hughs (1882-1943). The meeting, which is open to the public, is
Friday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Howard Academy Comminty Center, 306 NW 7th Avenue in
Ocala. For more details please contact Craig Hughs at (202) 236-4914 or email
In 1925, Dr. R.S. Hughs, a 1905 graduate of Meharry Medical College, opened A.N.T.A Hospital.
Located on West Broadway Street and Pine Street. The hospital had a 90 bed capacity. It closed
in June 1943.
The signifiance and contributions of the A.N.T.A. Hospital during the Jim Crow era cannot be
overstated. The number of lives saved or how many recovered there can never be fully known.
HOPS Beautification Awards
If you are aware of any improvements being made to properties located within the historic
districts (even your own); please let us know. Each quarter these properties are considered for
the Beautification Award. Dennis would really appreciate your help as "extra eyes" in your
neighborhood. This will assure that someone deserving this award is not overlooked. Contact
Dennis Philips at 352-671-6608 or the HOPS office at 352-351-1861
Park Your Brick
Purchase a brick and have it placed in Idylweir Park.
2016 Christmas Decorating Contest Winners
HOPS recently met with the City of Ocala Council regarding our historic sites. We feel that it is
the best interest of those passionate about preserving the District, to have a voice in these
matters. We presented some ideas to improve the Ocala Historic District, to which the council
was very receptive to. We anticipate more such meetings. In an effort to keep you informed, we
have been sending emails and posting on Facebook and here as well. Please make sure you
have sent us your email address. This way we can keep you informed on these important
matters. If there are any items you would like addressed, let us know. Please email your
Marion County Genealogical Society
The Marion County Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of every month from 2:00
to 4:00 PM, September through June at the Marion County Public Library, Ocala, FL.
For additional information you may go to their website MarionGenealogy.tripod.com or you may
leave a message at 352-897-0840 or by email at MarionGenealogy@gmail.com. The public is
invited to attend.
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