Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced the 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipients. The 2017 awardees are Willie Green of McIntosh, Blues artist, David Peñaflor and Marilia Carrasquillo of Ocoee, Folk Advocates of Latin American culture; Haiqiong Deng of Tallahassee, traditional Chinese musician; and Pastor William Emerson of Tarpon Springs, performing artist and composer of Rhythm and Blues and sacred music.

“The contributions of these gifted individuals illustrate the extraordinary depth and diversity of Florida’s traditional culture,” said Secretary Detzner. “They are recognized for their remarkable achievements and their dedicated role in preserving Florida’s folk cultural resources.”

Additional information, including photos and bios about each award winner, is available on the Florida Folklife Program’s Facebook page.

The North Central Florida Blues Society thanks Kathleen Pagan of the Alachua County Historical Commission for nominating Willie.

Photo by Paul A. Carter