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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…

  • 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…

  • 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

  • Orlando Sentinel Letter to the Editor

    Orlando Sentinel Letter to the Editor

    Orlando fails to protect the disenfranchised You have failed us, Orlando. Talking about your intolerance for nazis — you shouldn’t capitalize the name of something that should not exist, because capitalizing communicates that you validate a thing — comes at a steep price for many Jewish people. For those of us who have done the…

  • ‘Teach the unvarnished truth:’ Thompson, Frost condemn Florida’s Black history standards

    ‘Teach the unvarnished truth:’ Thompson, Frost condemn Florida’s Black history standards

    Several of Central Florida’s Black leaders and descendants of victims of the Ocoee and Rosewood massacres on Saturday denounced the state’s controversial African American history standards. State Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, hosted the “Speak Out Town Hall,” which featured U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost. The event, held in the gymnasium of the James R. Smith Center…

  • State should be ashamed of slavery education plans

    State should be ashamed of slavery education plans

    In the Orlando Sentinel, July 29, 2023 GUEST COLUMNIST, Harry Coverston State should be ashamed of slavery education plans I am a sixth-generation Floridian, the descendant of slavers. I had nothing to say about my ancestors. But I have a lot to say about how we understand them today. I am also a fourth-generation teacher.…

  • The Yard

    The Yard

    ATJ hosted a community screening and panel discussion of the documentary film, The Yard in March 2019. The Yard details the discovery of a  former slave market site buried underneath a church parking lot in Memphis. On the site there also existed a marker dedicated to Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forest, one of the founders of the KKK. The…