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The Ocoee Massacre 100th Anniversary: Black Man Attempts to Vote in 1920 Presidential Election

Ocoee Massacre
Photo courtesy: Julius “July” Perry was lynched by a mob of white men after being arrested. His was just one of many deaths in the Ocoee Massacre. (Orange County Regional History Center)

One hundred years ago, the Ocoee Massacre was sparked by a black man who attempted to vote in the 1920 presidential election in rural Orlando.
As a result, an untold number of black Ocoee residents were killed and their homes burned to the ground. This year Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that mandates schools teach students about this travesty.

Leaders in Orange County, remembered the Ocoee Massacre this week and the massacre of dozens of African Americans by a white mob when a man named Moses Norman tried to vote.
November 2nd has been declared “The Descendants of the Ocoee Massacre: Honoring their Ancestors Day” in Orange County, and Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation designating the day as 1920 Ocoee Election Day Massacre Remembrance Day in Florida.

Two other Full Rigor Podcasts you might want to check out if you find this episode interesting.

Episode 34: Klan Khristmas Killings
In 1951, Harry T. and Harriette Moore were murdered on Christmas Day (their silver anniversary) when a bomb, set by the Klan, blew up their home in Mims, Florida. Harriette Moore was a classroom teacher and both were civil rights activists. Also the Klan marches down Worth Ave. on Palm Beach.

Episode 54: Rosewood Massacre
The Rosewood Massacre was an attack on the predominantly African-American town of Rosewood, Florida, in 1923 by large groups of whites after a white woman claimed she was assaulted by a “big black man.”

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