Before 1870, education in Florida
was provided by private schools or academies or by efforts
of tutors. Higher education emerged after the Civil War,
with two major universities - the all-male University of
Florida and the female Florida State College at Tallahassee.
The creation of the Florida State Normal University at DeFuniak
Springs, Florida in 1886 paved the way for the education
The Florida Heritage Collection contains a wide range
of literature about Florida schools and education. Much
of the information is concerned with the African American
experience in education during the early times of desegregation.
Examination of this body of literature creates a clear
picture of where Florida education has been, and where
it is heading.