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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Orange County Regional History Center offers last chance to see groundbreaking exhibition on the Ocoee Massacre with a virtual tour Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 10:59 AM

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The Orange County Regional History Center is giving you a final chance to view their groundbreaking exhibition Yesterday This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, from the comfort of your own home.

Yesterday, This Was Home delves into the horrific events of Election Day in Central Florida 100 years ago. The exhibit focuses not only on the 1920 massacre and the lynching of July Perry, not to mention driving Black residents out of Ocoee, but also other historical and recent incidents of racism, hatred and terror, creating a framework for understanding how such a terrible event could happen.

Acknowledgment of social transformation — and how not enough has changed — in the century since the Election Day massacre is also presented in the exhibit. That includes the historic Black Lives Matter demonstrations that spread across the nation last summer.

On Thursday, April 29 (tomorrow!), at 6:30 p.m. History Center curators will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour for a mere $8. That's a bargain for the extra insight, as well as the good feeling you'll get for supporting the History Center's research, you'll no doubt get out of this walk-through.

Register for this tour through the History Center's website.

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