July Perry was lynched on November 3, 1920, after attempting to vote in the presidential election.
On June 21, 2019, almost one hundred years later, ATJ unveiled an EJI marker in Orlando’s Heritage Square that documented his death. Hundreds of people came to the marker ceremony to learn about Ocoee’s violent history and hear Bryan Stevenson talk.
State Representative Geraldine Thompson and Senator Randolph Bracy co-sponsored a bill to designate a highway for July Perry. It is on State Road 438 between Winters Landing Drive and Clarke Road in Orange County. About the designation, Representative Thompson said, “As we approach the 100th year anniversary of the 1920 Ocoee Massacre, we honor Mr. July Perry for his courage and we remember his brutal murder as an ultimate sacrifice to exercise his voting rights.”