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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Florida Historical Marker is entitled Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. March 6, 1964 Tinker Field History Plaza, and is located in Orlando in , Florida. The location is 421 S Tampa Ave. Marker is at the intersection of South Tampa Avenue and West South Street, on the right when traveling north on South Tampa Avenue.
Inscription on the Marker
The inscription reads:
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.. March 6, 1964. Orlando’s Rev. Curtis Jackson invited Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Orlando in 1962. Rev. King was unable to attend at the time, but he did come to Orlando in the Spring of 1964 after leading the 10,000-person March for Freedom in Philadelphia on March 5th with Jackie Robinson. , The following day, Rev. King arrived in Orlando to lead an all-day conference at Shiloh Baptist Church in Parramore. He met with The NAACP Youth Council, pastors and other local leaders. That evening, on an unseasonably cold and windy night, a crowd of 2,000 gathered at Tinker Field to hear Rev. King. Many sat in the grandstands while others gathered on the field around King as he spoke from the pitchers mound. A local newspaper, noted that only 10-15 people of the large audience were white. Rev. King’s prophetic words on the future of integration assured that “segregation is on its deathbed and the only question now is how expensive it’s funeral will be because of the segregationist.” Earlier in the day, an inclement weather forecast nearly drove the gathering to the Fairgrounds at Exposition Park. However, Rev. King’s gathering at Tinker Field, the birthplace of integration in Orlando, established a poetic continuation of Orlando’s journey toward equality at this site. The very infield where Dandridge, Irving, Coleman, Paula and Robinson made Orlando’s first steps toward an integrated society now became hallowed ground in The City’s history of Civil Rights. , In March 1968, just days before his assassination, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. told Brooklyn Dodgers Star Don Newcombe, “Don, you’ll never know how easy you and Jackie [Robinson] and [Larry] Doby and Campy [Roy Campanella] made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field.”
Marker Sponsor and Install Date for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Placed by City of Orlando.
Installed in 2018.
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The History of Orlando
More than a century before the Pilgrims set foot at Plymouth Rock, in 1513, Florida began its modern-day history, of which Orlando is a part.
During this period, Florida was still part of the United States Territory and not yet a state; therefore, many Native American tribes occupied land throughout Central Florida, including Seminole Indians who had migrated there from Georgia during the First Seminole War (1817-1818).
In 1838, the U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present-day Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by Indians during the Second Seminole War. During the Civil War, Orlando’s role included supplying the Confederacy with food, cattle, and horses from the vast plantations in the region.
Today Orlando is recognized as a global tourist attraction and entertainment city
About the Florida Historical Marker Program
One of the most well-known and noticeable public history initiatives of the Division of Historical Resources is the Florida Historical Marker Program. It is intended to increase residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of Florida’s historic places and to increase public knowledge of the state’s rich cultural past.
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