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Strange Fruit in Florida

Event Date:

February 21 @ 6:00 pm

Venue:

Lake Wales Museum
325 S. Scenic Highway
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Organizer:

Jennifer D’hollander
863-6761759
jdhollander@cityoflakewales.com

Program Description:

Despite its reputation as the “Sunshine State” and a tourist destination, Florida harbors a lengthy and painful history of racial violence. Dr. Tameka Hobbs examines the history of lynching and racial violence in Florida, outlining the overall arc of the “lynching era” in the United States, normal dated between 1882 and 1930, as these instances of extralegal violence became more sporadic in the 1940s. She also highlights to role of Harry T. Moore’s advocacy against lynching and in favor of civil rights for African Americans in Florida.

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