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Commemorating July Perry And Addressing The History Of Racial Violence In Central Florida

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An historic marker commemorating July Perry was unveiled in Orlando Friday. Photo;: Danielle Prieur, WMFE

On Friday, an historic marker was unveiled outside the Orange County History Center in Orlando, commemorating July Perry.

Perry was lynched during the Ocoee massacre in November 1920, a wave of violence in which up to 30 black residents of Ocoee were killed and the town was burned by a white mob.  

The marker is a reminder of the horror of what happened in Ocoee and the decades of racial terror that gripped the South. So what does this commemoration say about how far this community has come, and how much work there is left to do in the path to racial equality?

Joining Intersection for a discussion about what it means to this legacy of racial violence in Central Florida are Charley Williams, task force member with the truth and justice project of Orange County; Rachel Allen, director of the peace and justice institute at Valencia College; and Will Jefferson, community manager with the Peace and Justice institute.

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Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »