What Really Happened At Rosewood
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Aug. 05, 1920
Four black men from McClenny are removed from the local jail and lynched for the alleged rape of a white woman.
Nov. 02, 1920
Two whites and at least five blacks are killed in Ocoee, Florida, in a dispute over voting rights. The black community of Ocoee is destroyed, 25 homes, 2 churches, and a Masonic Lodge.
Feb. 12, 1921
A black man in Wauchula, Florida, is lynched for an alleged attack on a white woman.
Dec. 09, 1922
A black man in Perry, Florida, is burned at the stake, accused of the murder of a white school teacher. A black church, school, Masonic Lodge, and meeting hall are burned.
Dec. 31, 1922
On New Years Eve a large Ku Klux Klan parade and rally is held in Gainesville, Florida.
Jan. 01, 1923
Early Morning:   A Sumner, Florida, resident, Fannie Taylor, reports an attack by an unidentified black man.
Late afternoon:   A posse of white vigilantes apprehends and kills a black man named Sam Carter.
Jan. 02, 1923
Aaron Carrier was taken to Bronson, Florida, and put in jail. Armed men began gathering in Sumner, Florida.
Jan. 04, 1923
Late Evening:   White vigilantes attack the Carrier house. "Poly" Wilkerson and Henry Andrews were killed and several others are injured. A black woman Sarah Carrier is killed and others inside the Carrier house are killed or wounded.

Rosewood's black residents flee into the swamps. One black church, and several unprotected homes are burned.

Lexie Gordon, a black citizen of Rosewood, is Murdered.

Jan. 05, 1923
Approximately 200-300 men surrounded Rosewood and the Negro section is destroyed by fire.

Mingo Williams is murdered.

Governor Cary Hardee is notified, and Sheriff Walker reports that he fears"no further disorder."

The Sheriff of Alachua County arrives in Rosewood to assist Sheriff Walker.

James Carrier is murdered.

Jan. 06, 1923
A train evacuates Rosewood families to Archer and Gainesville, Florida.
Jan. 07, 1923
A mob of 100-150 whites return to Rosewood and burn the remaining structures.
Jan. 08, 1923
Rosewood is quiet and calm after the massacre.
Jan. 12, 1923
AME Methodist Church leaders are approach-
ed by an armed mob in Madison, Florida.
Jan. 17, 1923
A 17 year old young man in Newberry, Florida is convicted of stealing cattle. He is removed from his cell and lynched by local whites.
Jan. 30, 1923
An investigation of Newberry's rioting was started by the state.
Feb. 11, 1923
A grand jury convenes in Bronson, Florida, to investigate the Rosewood riot.
Feb. 15, 1923
The Grand Jury finds "insufficient evidence" to prosecute.
February, 1937
The first mention of the Rosewood riot in a religious publication, by Nathaniel Scippio and his wife Delia, in the Church of God by Faith Handbook, 2nd Ed.
July 25, 1982
Gary Moore and Joe Tonelli, published the first detailed account of the massacre to reach the general public. Floridan, St. Peresburg Times News Paper
July 1985
The Rosewood Family Reunion was estab-
lished in Lacoochee, Florida.
Source Materials
The Rosewood Massacre At A Glance, by The Rosewood Forum
The Rosewood Massacre: From Rumor To Fact, Seminole Tribune
March 4, 1994

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Source:The Rosewood Massacre: From Rumor To Fact, Seminole Tribune March 4, 1994

A large Ku Klux Klan rally

Cummer & Sons Sawmill in Sumner
as it was in the early 1920s.

A lynching of an unknown man.
The same fate befell Sam Carter, a
black resident of Rosewood

A burning cabin near Rosewood,
Florida, January 04, 1923

Sara Carrier, killed by a white mob
January 4, 1923

This well was used to hide children
therefore saving their lives. The
water well is at John Wright's Home
Rosewood, Florida

John Wright House,
Store Keeper-Rosewood, Florida

Evangelist Nathaniel Scippio,
Church of God by Faith.

Third Person from the left:
Minnie Lee Mitchell Langley
survivor of the Rosewood Massacre
after tesifing at the Florida
Legislative Hearings, 1994

Governor Lawton Chiles and others
just after signing the Rosewood
Claims Bill, April 8, 1994.

Five Florida State Representatives
where among those that
supported the
Reparations Bill in 1994

Dr. Annette Goins Shakir at the
Rosewood Exhibit Opening on
May 15, 1999, Gainesville, Florida

Lou Merrit, viewing the
Rosewood Traveling Exhibit
May 15, 1999

Remembering Rosewood the Most Thorough Site
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