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23 hours 51 min ago Oral History Interview with Belvin Perry, Jr.

My name is Belvin Perry, Jr. I was born October 11, 1949 in Orlando, Florida on Holden Street which is now known as Anderson Street between Division and Parramore. [Were you born at home?] Yes, I was born at home. [And did a midwife come from the neighborhood?] From what I was told, there was a midwife there. During that time period there were very few people that were born in hospitals. [And you're obviously very healthy.] Yes, I turned out to be okay.

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1 day 4 hours ago Belvin Perry, Sr. and Family at Bethune Beach, Summer 1955

Belvin Perry, Sr. with his son Belvin Perry, Jr., and daughter, Valeria, at Bethune Beach, Summer 1955. 

Listen as Belvin Perry, Jr. describes his parents in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Belvin Perry, Jr. at the Orlando Public Library on April 24, 2017.

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My parents, well, very loving, firm people. My dad in 1951 along with Richard Arthur Jones became the first two black police officers hired by the...

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23 hours 53 min ago Belvin Perry Jr. Playing on Chatham Street, circa 1953

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...

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1 day 1 hour ago Belvin Perry, Jr. on Easter Sunday, 1954

A typical Sunday was going to Sunday School which started at 9 am. Leaving Sunday School, going to church, it was from 11 am to hopefully 1 o'clock. Most of the time you were out by 1:30, came home had dinner, and was back to church at 5:30 for Baptist Training Union. And you got dragged into evening service. So Sundays were basically a day for going to church... Sunday dinners were always nice. Church was interesting. You know, one of my Sunday School teachers one was Arthur Pappy Kennedy,...

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5 days 3 hours ago Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center's Principal's Album 2011-2012

Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center Principal's Album 2011-2012. VIEW.

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1 week 23 hours ago Oral History Interview with Tom Beaty, Part V

Oral history interview with Tom Beaty at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2017.

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1 week 23 hours ago Oral History Interview with Tom Beaty, Part IV

Oral history interview with Tom Beaty at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2017.

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1 week 23 hours ago Oral History Interview with Tom Beaty, Part III

Oral history interview with Tom Beaty at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2017.

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1 week 23 hours ago Oral History Interview with Tom Beaty, Part II

Oral history interview with Tom Beaty at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2017.

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1 week 23 hours ago Oral History Interview with Tom Beaty, Part I

Oral history interview with Tom Beaty at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2017.

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