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Saturday, April 01, 2023



Hundreds march in Gainesville Martin Luther King Jr. parade

The parade has been a Gainesville annual tradition since 1982, but it was temporarily halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic — being canceled in 2021 and organized on a smaller scale in 2022. This year, the march returned at full force, beginning in front of City Hall on East University Avenue and ending at Citizens Field on Waldo Road.

Attendees of the wreath laying ceremony walk through the 5-acre Rosewood property after the ceremony concludes Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023.

Preserving a painful history

One hundred years ago, Rosewood, Florida, was a thriving Black community just under 50 miles west of Gainesville that provided residents decent jobs and land ownership opportunities — an anomaly nestled in the Jim Crow South. That was until Jan. 1, 1923, when a white mob invaded, murdered inhabitants and set the town ablaze. 

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