The Facts About Goldsboro

The Freedmen's Bureau established Goldboro during the Reconstruction Era for African Americans who worked at local railroad yards, farms produce houses. In 1891, residents of Goldsboro pursued incorporation of the town, publishing notices in the Sanford Journal as early as October 24, 1891. The town was incorporated at noon on December 1, 1891 by merchant William Clark and 19 registered African American voters. Walter Williams served as Goldsboro's first mayor until 1892. In 1900, the population of Goldsboro was 71. By 1905, the population had increased to 100 people. In 1911, the community of Sanford Heights seceded from Sanford, because of discord over municipal services provided by Sanford. This added to concerns that Sanfords ability to expand would be constrained by the surrounding towns of Goldsboro, Georgetown and Sanford Heights, as well as Lake Monroe to the north. Florida State Representative and former Sanford mayor Forrest Lake led legislative efforts to curtail Sanford Heights, ability to incorporate, independent of Sanford. Goldsboro was also a target in Forrest Lake's annexation process, prompting Goldsboro leaders's to start a letter writing campaign to local newspapers. On April 6, 1911 the Florida legislature passed the Sanford Charter Bill, dissolving the incorporation of both Sanford Heights and Goldsboro, and reorganizing Sanford as a city that included Goldsboro within its boundaries.
Goldsboro's identity slowly eroded after it lost its charter and was annexed. A very tough ending to a prominent and productive people who strived to be the best they could be.
William Taylor; journalist