‘I wasn’t going anywhere’: On land of former slaves, a sturdy home gives shelter from the storm

Their ancestors lived on this land as slaves before Wilson’s grandfather acquired five acres here in 1874, right after emancipation.

He and five others, including owner Jeff Kindelspire, had taken shelter in the business during the storm and were playing a hand of canasta when the roof suddenly peeled away. Robert Forester, the maintenance man at Marianna’s bowling alley, still looked stunned more than 24 hours after the hurricane struck.

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