Ocoee Massacre

November 2, 1920, Election Day, Ocoee, Florida.

Two African American men tried unsuccessfully to vote. One was lynched, the other escaped. The town was burned by a white mob. Over the next three days, from six to over thirty lost their lives. This story will be told.

Descendants

The Ocoee Massacre affects all of us, even a century later. Yet it is the families of the victims who have survived in the most difficult circumstances. They continue to demonstrate their resilience and exert influence through their voices and actions. ATJ is pleased to partner with these strong individuals in our collective efforts toward reconciliation.

RICHES

RICHES is the Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories of Central Florida.

Photo Gallery

With the keen eye of photographer Willie J. Allen, Jr., and others, we have documented ATJ’s work over the years. Meetings, soil collections, marker ceremonies, and public gatherings have created an engaged public willing to work for a more equitable future.

Remembrance

As part of Ocoee’s centennial remembrance week on the 1920 Ocoee Massacre, ATJ used storytelling, poetry, and song to present the history. The presentation was followed by a powerful interfaith service.

News

Blues singer Ruth King responded to our work by creating a song, Free, Free. Valada Flewellyn wrote poetry, and Valada and Toya Flewellyn made a video focusing on our theme, “Together: Looking Back, Moving Forward.”

Church Refuge

When the Ocoee Massacre was taking place, there were moments of courage. The congregation of Ocoee Christian Church on Bluford Avenue bravely took in refugees and refused the mob entrance.

Resources

ATJ scholars have done extensive research on the Ocoee Massacre, the lynching of Arthur Henry, and efforts to secure racial justice in publications such as The 1619 Project.

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