Valencia hosts a talk about the local impact of the 1920 Ocoee Massacre


Julius "July" Perry
  • Julius "July" Perry
Some truths are still hard to talk about, even if they happened almost 100 years ago – like the Election Day massacre of 1920 in Ocoee. In west Orange County, white Ocoee residents were jealous of their prosperous black neighbors, especially Julius “July” Perry. On Election Day, white men tried to stop African-American voters from going to the polls, and the subsequent turmoil ended with white residents burning the black section of Ocoee to the ground, killing an unknown number of African-American residents, and lynching Perry on a downtown Orlando telephone post. To start a community dialogue, the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute is holding a free screening of an award-winning short film on the massacre and hosting a panel of scholars and historians to discuss the subject. The Institute recommends participants be at least 13 years old.

6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 | Callahan Neighborhood Center, 101 N. Parramore Ave. | | free

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