Daytona Beach has lost another legend and beloved son with the passing of Mr. Samuel O. Rogers.

Rogers died on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Halifax Hospice in Orange City.

He was a retired administrator, counselor and civil rights activist.

A funeral service is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Mt Zion A.M.E. Church, 449 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Daytona Beach.

A longtime member of the NAACP, he worked with the branches in Miami-Dade and Daytona Beach/Volusia County. He served on the executive committee of the local NAACP for more than 20 years.

“He was a true mentor and a true freedom fighter. He had a wealth of knowledge about the African American community here in Daytona Beach,” said Cynthia Slater, president of the Daytona Beach/Volusia County NAACP.

“We would sit many times and I would listen to the stories that he shared with us about life as it was during the early days in the African American community here in this city,” Slater added. “His stories amazed me, and I would always suggest to him that he needed to put his story (history) in writing. Mr. Rogers was my mentor, a jokester, but more than anything, he was my friend and a true freedom fighter. I will miss him dearly.”

Graduate of Campbell and Bethune-Cookman

Rogers was born in Daytona Beach on Dec. 10, 1932. He is a graduate of Campbell Senior High School.


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