In every community, no matter how small, notable residents emerge, contributing to and changing society for the better. These ordinary people leave imprints on the hearts and minds of those who came to know them. They work hard to make a positive change in their lives, and oftentimes, in the lives of others. In turn, these people leave a mark on the larger fabric of society. Methodist Town is full of men and women who grew up to make a difference in St. Petersburg and beyond. It’s residents went on to become pastors, midwives, police chiefs, education board members, doctors, and professional athletes.
These are their stories.
Methodist Town Midwife
Roxanna Donaldson was Methodist Town's beloved midwife. She delivered many of the community's residents and children. Women would also show up at her doorstep in pain with no money, and Donaldson was always willing to help.
Doug L. Jamerson Jr
State Commissioner of Education
Doug L. Jamerson Jr. represented District 55 in the Florida House of Representatives for 11 years. He then became the first African American appointed to the position of State Commissioner of Education in Florida. He held the position for a year.
Dr. Marilyn Fudge
Medical Director: OBYGN residency program at Bayfront Hospital
Born and raised in Methodist Town, Dr. Marilyn Fudge became the first African American woman to open a private OBGYN practice in St. Petersburg, FL. She is also the first African American woman to hold her current title at Bayfont Hospital.
Goliath Davis III
St. Petersburg Police Chief and Deputy Mayor
Goliath Davis served in the St. Petersburg Police Department for 28 years. He was the city's first African American police chief, a position he held from 1997-2001. He later served as St. Petersburg's Deputy Mayor.
A quick search of the name "Norman Goins" will tell the story of a boxer who hails from Indianapolis, IN. In reality though, Goins was born and raised in Methodist Town. It was at PAL in St. Petersburg that he found a passion for boxing.
The Methodist Town Pioneers
The Methodist Town Pioneers was an organization consisting of past Methodist Town residents who reunited and worked to represent the people of Methodist Town as well as show that they “exist” by solidifying their determination, Black Heritage, and togetherness.
Jones had a passion for mentoring neighborhood children. He fostered pride within his people by organizing Black culture groups that showcased the accomplishments of African Americans. He was one of the founders of the Black Brothers and Sisters of the Northside organization, and served as president. Being a part of the Black Brothers and Sisters Organization meant you had a social consciousness.