A Man, A Plan, A Packinghouse - Sometimes one person can have a profound impact on one community. In Palmetto’s African American community, Emmett McCray was one of those people. As the agriculture teacher at Lincoln Memorial High School from the 1940s-1970s he impacted hundreds of students' lives. After retirement he continued to work in the community and devoted his time to managing the ManaHill Co-op. The ManaHill Co-op and Packing Plant was created by prominent agriculturists in the African-American community to have a place for small farmers to sell their produce. These two stories are so intertwined that they are presented together in one exhibit.
Manatee County Agricultural Hall of Fame - Since 1967, prominent agriculturists have been annually inducted into the local Hall of Fame as a way to honor them for their past or current achievements and contributions to Manatee County agriculture. Explore who these folks are by watching the digital version of the Hall of Fame, browsing through scrapbooks, or viewing their portraits and biographical information in the Museum's Library.