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EJI Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony honoring July Perry
June 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFREE
Join us on June 21st at the Orange County Regional History Center for the unveiling of a historical marker in honor of #JulyPerry who was lynched on November 3, 1920. His murder spurred the onset of the #OcoeeMassacre, known as one of the bloodiest days in American history.
Perry was an African American leader in Orange County’s African American communities and was targeted for his influence as a prominent businessman, landowner, and advocate of African American voting rights.
After 2 years of dedicated work with key community partners, most notably Equal Justice Initiative, July Perry’s legacy will be publicly honored as a monument for every generation to remember and uphold.
DESCRIPTION OF EVENT:
The marker honoring Perry is part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, which recognizes U.S. victims of lynching between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. In the past, few public memorials have addressed the nation’s history of lynchings, and most victims such as Perry have never been publicly acknowledged. Such acknowledgment is part of a path toward healing, says Josie Lemon Allen of the Truth and Justice Project. “We are working to create a more hopeful, collaborative, and just society for every person in Orange County, Florida.”
The 10:30 am ceremony titled “Orange County: A Time for Solidarity” is sponsored by the Montgomery, AL based Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Truth and Justice Project of Orange County, FL. It will take place at Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd., the park in front of the Orange County Regional History Center.
Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will speak directly after the unveiling at the Orlando Public Library. He is a widely acclaimed public-interest lawyer and author of the book Just Mercy, Stevenson and his staff have advocated for the release of more than 125 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.
In addition to EJI and the Truth and Justice Project, the marker unveiling ceremony is sponsored by Bridge the Gap Coalition, Inc., Orange County Government, the Orange County Public Library System, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the City of Orlando.