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March 8th, 2022 “Dr. Ella Mae Piper’s Proclamation Day”

“March 8, 2022 “Proclamation Day” to honor the legacy of Dr. Ella Mae Piper by Mayor Kevin Anderson”

As we celebrate Black History Month, we are remembering, Dr. Ella Mae Piper, an African American Woman born into poverty on March 8, 1884, but proved herself to be one of those remarkable trailblazers who overcame the twin handicaps of her race and sex to become a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and so much more.

Despite segregation, Dr. Ella Mae Piper forged friendships with blacks and whites, including one of the most influential women in Fort Myers, Mrs. Mina Edison.  It was Dr. Piper’s passion and dedication to help elderly citizens, particularly the underprivileged and handicapped, that led her to bequeath her property to the City of Fort Myers for the benefit of young children and senior citizens.

Dr. Ella Piper’s passion for helping children, elderly, and underprivileged individuals continues to be perpetrated in our community through the Dr. Piper Center, a multi-purpose center with the goal to provide services which meet the basic human needs, enrich the daily lives, and enhance the independent lifestyle of low-income elders; as well as services that impact the lives of frail elderly, children with special needs, and at-risk youth.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 11:00 am – The DR PIPER CENTER in Collaboration with Ella Mae’s Diner at the LUMINARY Hotel is Celebrating Dr. Piper’s Birthday and International Women’s Day!

Mayor Kevin Anderson of City of Fort Myers will read the Proclamation to honor the legacy of Dr. Piper on the steps of the Ella Mae’s Diner: 2200 Edwards Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33901 at 11:00 am.

Please join us on the steps of Ella Mae’s Diner at 11:00 am as Mayor Kevin Anderson is proclaiming March 8, 2022 “Dr. Ella Piper Day”

The Dr. Piper Center, which has been carrying on the ideals of community service exemplified by Dr. Ella Piper, has been making a positive impact in the lives of frail elderly and children with special needs in the Fort Myers area for 47 years with the assistance of Senior Volunteers from our community.

For more information about the Dr. Piper Center, visit the website at or call (239) 332-5346.

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