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Brooksville community activist Paul Boston dies

Hernado Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: September 6, 2013 at 07:39 AM

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BROOKSVILLE - Community activist Paul Boston, who had been suffering from a variety of health problems, died Wednesday at age 55.

County Commissioner Jim Adkins said Boston will be missed.

"He was a good man and I always respected him," Adkins said. "He had his heart and soul into different things going on in south Brooksville. He was always good to talk to and I enjoyed the time I was with him."

Paul Douglas, president of the Hernando County branch of the NAACP, said in a March interview with Hernando Today that Boston's health was so poor that he'd faced having his legs amputated.

Douglas said Boston was on several medications for health problems, including diabetes, kidney ailments, high blood pressure, ulcers and obesity.

Boston fought hard in 2012 to revive the Juneteenth Historical Festival after it was absent for almost two years.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a celebration of the day the last slaves were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation - June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas - two years after the proclamation was signed in 1863.

"Everyone has to remember that this event isn't about a black-white thing," Boston said at the time. "This is a community event. Our community is made up of all races, and Juneteenth is an opportunity for all of us to come together."

In June 2012, Boston was charged uttering forged documents in his bid for a city council seat. Boston denied the charges but recently agreed to pre-trial intervention.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cason Funeral and Crematory Services in Brooksville.

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