Jenny B. Reeder
Jenny B. Reeder of 935 Drew Avenue, Orlando. This interview was conducted on April 24, 1975 for the Friends of the Orange County Public Library’s Oral History Committee.
Jenny B. Reeder (who was born in 1880 and 95 at the time of the interview) discusses school, including the Johnson Academy (which later would become Jones High School). She also discusses the Ocoee incident, and describes Big Freeze of 1894 – 1895; Black newspaper, G. C. Henderson – pub.; Jonestown Flood; Integration following; Domestic – pay $1.00 day; Children – 14 – never hospitalized; Father – “grafter” – citrus; First Black doctor; Ocoee incident.
In part two, Jenny Reeder is joined by her son, Thomas, and he describes the city of Ocoee. Jenny describes an incident in which the Ku Klux Klan marched by the home, and later discusses her husband, the first black man on the railway express.
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