Children of Christine McClendon


Dublin Core


Children of Christine McClendon

Alternative Title

Christine McClendon's Children


Orlando (Fla.)


The children of Christine McClendon in the Parramore neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, Florida. This photograph was taken outside of the home of McClendon's daughter, Dedra Jenkins. McClendon can be seen in the pink dress on the left. Jenkins' cousins can also be seen in the photograph. Joseph Hill is pictured to the left of McClendon. Verna Hill in the center is in the center holding a photograph, with Paulette Bobo, Jenkins' second cousin, standing in front of her. Felix Gardner is standing on top of a car behind Verna and Debra Hill Gardner is pictured on the far right.

Bordered on the east by Division Street and on the west by Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), the Parramore began as an agricultural community. Parramore was historically a segregated African-American community and now comprises three separate downtown neighborhoods: Lake Dot, Callahan, and Holden-Parramore.

Once an economically thriving area and the home of many prominent black businesses and institutions, including the Wells’ Built Hotel, South Street Casino, and Wallace’s Beauty Mill, Parramore suffered under Jim Crow segregation, and has lost 65 percent of its population in the last 50 years. It is now one of Orlando’s poorest neighborhoods, with an unemployment rate of 23.8 percent in 2015. However, neighborhood institutions like the Well's Built Museum of African American History and Culture, housed in the historic Wells’ Built Hotel, have worked to preserve memorabilia from Orlando’s African-American community and the local civil rights movement. Current plans to revitalize the Parramore area focus on maintaining its black heritage and culture while building new businesses, schools, and improved housing.


Jenkins, Dedra


Original 3 x 5 inch color photograph by Dedra Jenkins, 1985: Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins.

Date Created



Jenkins, Dedra

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color photograph by Dedra Jenkins, 1985.

Is Part Of

Parramore Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




3 x 5 inch color photograph


Still Image


Holden-Parramore, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method



History Teacher


Originally created and owned by Dedra Jenkins.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Dedra Jenkins and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Parramore History Harvest


Raffel, Sara

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins

External Reference

Thompson, Geraldine Fortenberry. Orlando Florida. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
"Carver Park: An Orlando Housing Authority HOPE VI Community." Orlando Housing Authority. Accessed 13 April 2016.
Shanklin, Mary. "Grand Opening of Carver Park." The Orlando Sentinel, September 12, 2009. Accessed 13 April 2016.


Jenkins, Dedra, “Children of Christine McClendon,” RICHES, accessed June 17, 2024,