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Remembering The Victims Of The Ocoee Massacre

John Ashworth, Joy Wallace Dickinson & Dr. Margaret Vandiver. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

A group of activists and historians has been working to recognize the victims of the Ocoee massacre on election day in 1920.

The massacre wiped Ocoee’s African American community off the map, but the efforts of the Truth and Justice Project of Orange County aim to retell the history of that community.

It’s also part of a nationwide movement to create memorials to lynching victims and help the communities where those lynchings took place come to terms with the pain of the past.

John Ashworth and Margaret Vandiver with the Memphis Lynching Sites project join Intersection along with historian Joy Wallace Dickinson with the Orange County Truth & Justice Initiative for a conversation about making sure the history of these events is not lost.

Click on the links below to hear parts one and two of the conversation.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, 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 ... Read Full Bio »

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