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  • Daytona Beach mayor’s bloody family legacy: ‘The lynching of Arthur Henry’

    Daytona Beach mayor’s bloody family legacy: ‘The lynching of Arthur Henry’

    DAYTONA BEACH — Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry grew up knowing his grandfather on his mother’s side of the family died a sudden and violent death at the age of 58. Samuel O’Quinn was an accomplished Black businessman, father of 11, and civil rights advocate. On a steamy August night in Mississippi in 1959, O’Quinn was…

  • Dedication

    Dedication

    Harry Scott Coverston [N.B. With these words, the Equal Justice Initiative marker commemorating the life and death of Arthur Henry was dedicated. The words were spoken by Harry Coverston, lead investigator of for the Alliance for Truth and Justice, as the covering of the marker was removed by two members of the Henry family.] Arthur Henry,…

  • Arthur’s Liturgy

    Arthur’s Liturgy

    Harry Scott Coverston [N.B. The following words were originally offered at the graveyard near Lake City where I believe Arthur Henry was laid to rest. This liturgy was then offered at the Dedication Ceremony of the EJI marker at the Wells’Built Museum December 6, 2023]  We do not know where Arthur Henry was buried. My search…

  • No longer hidden from history, the story of Arthur Henry

    No longer hidden from history, the story of Arthur Henry

    A new historic marker in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood details the 1925 lynching of Black resident Arthur Henry. The details of his murder came to light only a few years ago. It’s part of an effort by the Alliance for Truth and Justice to shed light on the region’s racially charged past. The unveiling of the…

  • Arthur’s Story

    Arthur’s Story

    Harry Scott Coverston [N.B. This is the historical account of Arthur Henry’s life and death I offered as lead investigator of his lynching at the dedication of the Equal Justice Initiative marker commemorating him on December 6, 2023 at the Wells’Built Museum in downtown Orlando] Arthur Henry was a WWI veteran. He was released from…

  • Lessons from a Long Journey Toward Justice

    Lessons from a Long Journey Toward Justice

    Harry Scott Coverston N.B. This essay was published as a My Word column in the Orlando Sentinel Opinion section December 6, 2023. It appeared on the morning that the marker from the Equal Justice Initiative commemorating Arthur Henry was dedicated. On December 6, Orlando will dedicate a marker commemorating the lynching of Arthur Henry. As lead…

  • Historical marker honoring Black man killed in 1925 lynching revealed in Orlando

    Historical marker honoring Black man killed in 1925 lynching revealed in Orlando

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Relatives of a Black man killed in a lynching in Orlando nearly 100 years ago were present Wednesday for the unveiling of a permanent historical marker honoring his life. The marker was the second dedicated in Orlando through the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Historical Marker Project, which aims to document and install narrative historical…

  • Historical marker remembers 1925 Orlando lynching

    Historical marker remembers 1925 Orlando lynching

    Relatives of a Black man lynched in Orlando nearly a century ago helped unveil a memorial marker Wednesday in Parramore to bring the unpunished crime to light. The bronze memorial, titled “The Lynching of Arthur Henry,” details the killing of Henry, 35, an Army veteran of World War I who had moved to Orlando with…

  • Lessons from a long journey toward justice | Commentary

    Lessons from a long journey toward justice | Commentary

    On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Orlando will dedicate a marker commemorating the lynching of Arthur Henry. As lead investigator for the Alliance for Truth and Justice seeking to remember our fellow citizen, I am grateful. At the end of this long journey, I reflect on what I learned in the process. First, I am struck by…

  • Randolph Bracy Ocoee Scholarship Program

    Randolph Bracy Ocoee Scholarship Program

      Now accepting applications from October 1st to April 1st. You may be eligible to receive up to $6,100 in financial assistance. LEARN MORE