Sarah Ann Blocker

Sarah Ann Blocker (October 27, 1857 – April 15, 1944) was an American educator, a founder of Florida Memorial College. She was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2003.

Early life

Blocker earned her teaching certificate in Atlanta in 1883.[1]


Blocker taught at Florida Baptist Academy from 1892,[2] and was head of the normal department there.[3] Blocker is credited with co-founding Florida Memorial College by arranging the merger of Florida Baptist Institute and Florida Baptist Academy, to form the Florida Memorial and Industrial Memorial Institute.[1][4] Blocker was Dean of Women at the Institute by 1935.[5] One of her students at Florida Baptist Academy was philanthropist Eartha M. M. White.[6] Another was author Zora Neale Hurston.

Personal life and legacy

Sarah Ann Blocker died in 1944, aged 86 years.[1] In 2003, Sarah Ann Blocker was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame by Governor Jeb Bush.[1] The following year, she received a posthumous honorary doctorate as part of the 125th anniversary celebration at Florida Memorial University.[7] There is a Sarah A. Blocker Meritorious Service Award given annually by Florida Memorial University.[8]


  1. Michael Reed, "Sarah Ann Blocker Inducted into State's Women's Hall of Fame" St. Augustine Record (November 18, 2003).
  2. Florida Memorial University, Our History.
  3. John William Gibson, The Colored American from Slavery to Honorable Citizenship (J. L. Nichols 1903): 122.
  4. Carole Elizabeth Boyce Davies, ed., Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC-CLIO, 2008): 446. ISBN 9781851097050
  5. "Florida Normal Retains High Rating by Southern Association" Pittsburgh Courier (January 12, 1935): 2. via
  6. "Founders Honored at Florida Normal" News Tribune (June 2, 1957): 14. via
  7. Florida Commission on the Status of Women, Sarah Ann Blocker.
  8. Florida Memorial University, Traditions.
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