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To: City Commissioners/City Mayor

Renaming Bluford Ave., July Perry Blvd.

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Renaming Bluford Ave., July Perry Blvd.

Change Bluford Avenue to July Perry Boulevard to honor the life of not only July Perry, but all victims of the Ocoee Massacre, as opposed to that of Bluford Sims who stole land from the victims of said massacre, by forging their signatures.

Why is this important?

Bluford Avenue, for which I have driven down countless times, is named after this town's founder, one Bluford Marion Sims. A former confederate soldier, who was tasked with “redistributing” the land of the massacres’ victims. Moving forward would be renaming Bluford Avenue. For we have seen statues of racists removed across the nation in the past few days, many of us have driven, unknowingly, along one for years. We cannot rewrite history, but we do not have to honor a thief any longer. *Signees must be registered voters of the City of Ocoee*

Ocoee, FL, USA

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Reasons for signing

  • I too, am a direct descendent of Bluford Marion Sims. He was my 2nd Great-Grandfather. After seeing the evidence and details of July Perry's struggle I agree that Bluford Simms, along with others in the community at the time, participated in a great injustice. I support changing the name of Bluford Avenue to July Perry Boulevard. It is the least we can do as a community to recognize the atrocities that proceeded us and move on.
  • I signed because july perry was a hero especially to the black community of ocoee, we shouldn’t be driving on a street that’s named after a racist and a confederate soldier.
  • This street is now named in honor of a racist murderer who participated in lynching & burning down the black part of town, creating a "white-only" community that persisted for half a century. Ocoee is now a diverse area, which is making progress towards equality for all, as evidenced by the proclamation by the city in apology for the terrible massacre of 1920. Re-naming this road would further the goal of turning away from the city's history of violent racism.

Updates

2020-07-09 21:09:34 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-22 16:35:26 -0700

500 signatures reached

2020-06-19 17:46:35 -0700

100 signatures reached

2020-06-19 10:45:48 -0700

50 signatures reached

2020-06-19 07:50:33 -0700

25 signatures reached

2020-06-19 07:42:39 -0700

10 signatures reached