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Ocoee Election Day Riots Historical Review and Dedication Committee

On June 23, 2020, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 1213, Education Instruction of Historical Events. The bill directed the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) to assess naming opportunities for state parks, or a portion of a facility therein, to recognize victims of the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots. The bill included a provision allowing DEP’s Secretary the option to appoint a committee to assess naming opportunities.

The Ocoee Election Day Riots Historical Review and Dedication Committee (committee) was created by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein to provide recommendations on naming/renaming opportunities for state parks to recognize the victims of the 1920 Ocoee Election Day Riots.

The committee will also look to identify properties, structures and other areas that may serve as potential historical markers and/or state-owned historical sites associated with the Ocoee Election Day Riots.


Committee meetings will be open to the public. We encourage the public to submit comments online, by email at or by mail to the address below:

Ocoee Election Day Riots Historical Review and Dedication Committee
Department of Environmental Protection
Division of State Lands
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 140
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Meeting Schedule




View the February 1, 2021 Virtual Meeting


Meeting Presentation
April 14, 2021 Virtual Meeting Registration AGENDA  


The Committee was created to bring together a diverse group of advocates, historians and civil rights stakeholders who will play an essential role in ensuring the victims of the Ocoee tragedy are recognized.

Dr. Jan Boulware
Associate Professor of English and Interim Dean of College of Arts and Humanities
Bethune-Cookman University
Larry Brinson
City of Ocoee
Eric Draper
Director, Division of Recreation and Parks
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Shawn Hamilton
Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Anthony “Tony” Hill
Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force
Dr. David Jackson, Jr.
Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Dr. William E. O’Brien
Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies, Wilkes Honors College
Florida Atlantic University
George Oliver
City of Ocoee
Dr. Timothy Parsons
Director, Division of Historical Resources
Florida Department of State 
Pamela Schwartz
Executive Director
Orange County Regional History Center

Additional Information

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March 31, 2021 - 3:06pm

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