ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — At the Orange County Regional History Center, a part of history is being brought to life.
Parramore is one of Orlando’s oldest African American communities and now a collection of its past is on display at a new exhibit.
The exhibit showcases a time when Parramore was thriving with Black-owned businesses.
You can also get a look at the first class of Jones High School. Students spent all 12 years of school getting an education there.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear oral histories from long time residents.
“We do have people who grew up in Parramore that have shared stories about what a thriving community Parramore was in its heyday. And this collection gives you a grand glimpse of that heyday, that many are working hard to preserve,” said collection manager Whitney Broadaway. “We love it when people contact us and say hey I use to live in Orlando. I use to live in Parramore. I have some photographs of me and my siblings playing in the street, which gives researchers and people of today a real sense of community and what things were actually like.”
If you have a piece of Parramore’s past that you wish to donate please contact Whitney Broadaway at email@example.com or 407-836-8587.