Parramore’s past being brought to life at new history exhibit

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.

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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.

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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.”

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If you have a piece of Parramore’s past that you wish to donate please contact Whitney Broadaway at whitneybroadaway@ocfl.net or 407-836-8587.

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Karen Parks

Karen Parks, WFTV.com

Karen Parks is a reporter at WFTV.