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The cross from a church in Ocoee where congregants sheltered Black residents fleeing the massacre. The cross is marked with bullet holes from shots fired by Ku Klux Klan members. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Central Florida News

Ocoee Remembers Victims Of 1920 Election Day Massacre

The city of Ocoee is remembering the victims of the election day massacre one hundred years ago. City leaders will unveil a historic marker this Sunday. The unveiling caps a week of events aimed at reckoning with the city’s painful past- and acknowledging the worst incident of voting day violence in US history.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Remembering the 1920 Election Day lynching of July Perry

Florida is embroiled in a recount process that’s taken over our newsfeeds and has every other elected official screaming “fraud,” but not too long ago on Election Day, Central Floridians left voting stickers on the grave of July Perry at Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery. Close to a century ago, Perry was an African American man who was shot and lynched by a white mob in Orlando after encouraging Ocoee’s black residents to vote on Election Day in 1920. In the days before his murder, local Ku Klux Klan members had threatened terror against black people who dared to vote. On Election Day, white residents who resented the large number of African Americans voting tried to stop them at the polls. The …
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