Belvin Perry Jr. Playing on Chatham Street, circa 1953

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Belvin Perry Jr. Playing on Chatham Street, circa 1953

Belvin Perry Jr. Playing on Chatham Street, circa 1953

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jtracy
August 18, 2017

The world at that time was very, let me find the right word, you sort of stayed within your own community. Everything revolved around that small area. You went to church, and I went to church which was one block up at Shiloh Baptist Church located at the corner of Jackson and Terry. I lived on South and Terry. So everything revolved around that particular neighborhood.

As far as parks were concerned, there was a field diagonally across the street from where we lived, where we used to play stickball and football. So that field was "our park". There really were not any parks in town for us to go to. Out on Washington Shores though there was a park at Lake Mann that was on the lake, basketball courts...

Listen as Belvin Perry, Jr. describes growing up in Orlando and playing as a boy in his neighborhood in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Belvin Perry, Jr. at the Orlando Public Library on April 24, 2017.

LISTEN Part I (21:28) (Text highlights from audio.)

Photo of Belvin Perry, Jr. playing on Chatman Street just off South Street near his grandmother's home, circa 1953 courtesy of the Belvin Perry, Jr. Archives.

 

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