Dedra Jenkins' Home in Parramore

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Title

Dedra Jenkins' Home in Parramore

Alternative Title

Jenkins Home

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Housing--Florida

Description

The home of Dedra Jenkins in the Parramore neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, Florida, in 1995. Jenkins ran a village home called Bwerani House from 2000 to 2009.

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.

Creator

Jenkins, Dedra

Source

Original 3 x 5 inch color photograph by Dedra Jenkins, 1995: Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins.

Date Created

1995

Contributor

Jenkins, Dedra

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color photograph by Dedra Jenkins, 1995.

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Medium

3 x 5 inch color photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Bwerani House, Holden-Parramore, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created 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

Curator

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. http://www.orl-oha.org/carver_park_update.htm.
Shanklin, Mary. "Grand Opening of Carver Park." The Orlando Sentinel, September 12, 2009. Accessed 13 April 2016. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2009-09-12/news/0909110187_1_carver-park-carver-court-downtown-orlando.

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