Historic and dynamic Newtown will be the setting for a fantastic year of festivities commemorating the establishment of this landmark Sarasota Florida community, 100 years ago in 1914.

From April 17, 2014 thru April 17, 2015 the year long Newtown Centennial Celebration will captivate visitors from near and far while showcasing Newtown’s history, spirit, and distinct cultural flair.

A rotating repertoire of programs inside traditional and alternative neighborhood venues and exhilarating outdoor events found nowhere else the Newtown Centennial Celebration will deliver a unique experience that inspires, entertains, and educates.


On April 17, 1914 Charles N. Thompson, a real estate developer, platted a subdivision of 40 acres “for colored quarters” a mile south of Sarasota’s original African American settlement, Overtown. This plat of 96 residential lots was dubbed Newtown and is located in the area now known as North Orange Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Today, Newtown is home to more than 5,000 residents, excellent schools, quality recreational facilities and parks, several churches, and its original business district.

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