ORLANDO, Fla. — A new exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center is honoring the place Pulse Nightclub has held in the Orlando community both before and after the mass shooting that happened there five years ago this week.
The exhibit, called “Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy,” documents the nightclub’s legacy long before the tragedy.
“It features not only the community that sort of morphed and became after the shooting, but it also talks about the community that existed at Pulse and because of the Pulse nightclub before the shooting happened,” said Pam Schwartz, with the Orange County Regional History Center.
As you make your way around the exhibit, it takes you through the local, national, and even global response to what happened.
And new this year, you can listen to an oral history of the 49 victims through their loved ones.
“So you really get a beautiful look at who these people were, what they meant to their families, what they liked to do,” Schwartz said. “So I think that’s one of my favorite spots and someplace we’ve noticed people spending a lot of time.”
In one part of the exhibit, you’ll find a crossroads where you’re warned about more difficult content behind the sign. But you can also walk the other way if you don’t want to see it.
“We know that some individuals, especially those closely impacted individuals, might not be ready to see or read that content again. so we wanted to give people a choice,” Schwartz said.
The exhibit is free through Sunday, June 13, but will be at the Orange County Regional History Center through Aug. 15.