From dirt streets in the 20’s and 30’s to having paved streets named after them, the South Miami City Commission recognized the contributions of two South Miami residents: Mr. Green Mitchell and Mrs. Johnnie Belle Tompkins.Mildred Mitchell, one of Green Mitchell’s daughters speak to the group assembled on the street. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard stands beside the podium with the “Green Mitchell Court” street sign.
Mr. Green Mitchell was a member of the South Miami community for over 70 years, having moved to South Miami in the early 1940s. He was born on January 25, 1909 and passed away in South Miami on May 29, 2014, at the age of 105. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church for some sixty years, serving as a deacon for untold years. He was and is loved by the church and his neighbors. He was always helping others up until the end. He was the ultimate neighbor and as one of the oldest citizens of South Miami it is only fitting that the street (SW 59 Court from 64th Street to 66th Street) in front of his home of 50 plus years be named “Green Mitchell Court.Sara Tompkins speaks at the ceremony.
Mrs. Johnnie Belle Tompkins was a member of the South Miami community for over eighty-seven years, and had been recognized by the city in January 2005, as one of nine “unsung hero” pioneers, for her grass-roots efforts throughout the years of dedicated commitment to the community. Mrs. Tompkins brought joy and inspiration throughout her lifetime; she served God faithfully and followed his teachings daily. She tried to instill the love of God to all her children and their families and everyone she came in contact with. A portion of S.W. 64th Avenue, from 64th Street to 66th Street was named “J. B. Mozell-Tompkins Avenue.”
Copy prepared from the City of South Miami ResolutionsFamily, neighbors, friends and city officials gather for a group photo. The Tompkins family gather for a commemorative photo. Family and friends gather for festive treats prepared by Sara.