Sunday, October 12, 2008

Homecoming Parade 1947

This image provided by the Rollins College Archives is of School President Hamilton Holt as he rode through Winter Park in the 1947 homecoming parade. The event took place on the same week that Holt addressed the student body telling them the reason for the cancelation of the Homecoming Football game. I found that this image really gave me a better perspective on what the area surrounding Rollins looked like in the 1940s. The sort of "typical southern" appearence that Winter Park portrayed in this time period allowed me to see how such a place could harbour feelings of moderate to severe racial tension. I plan to look more deeply into Holt's address to the students, and hopefully uncover some more interesting facts.

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