Arthur Henry Memorial Dedication Ceremony

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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 his wife Viola from north Florida to find work and avoid racial violence in Lake City.

Relatives traveled this week to Orlando, some from as far away as Massachusetts and Texas, for the marker dedication at the Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture. None had known of Henry or his lynching until about five years ago when they connected on a genealogy site with Harry Coverston, who was researching the crime.

Coverston volunteered to research Henry’s death for the Alliance for Truth and Justice, which formed in 2015 as a local partner of the Equal Justice Initiative, publisher of “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.”

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