We wanted to know what questions you had about Parramore. We received more than a dozen questions, and now we’re ready to take one of them on with you. Vote for your favorite below, and be sure to and check back in your newsletter later this month, when we’ll report out and answer the winning question.
Parramore is one of Orlando’s oldest, historically black neighborhoods. It is packed with history and is home to the Amway Arena, Orlando City Soccer Stadium, Foodies Cafe, New Image Youth Center, Wells’Built Museum, Page15 and so much more.
It was established in the 1880s by Orlando’s fourth mayor, James B. Parramore as a place to “house the blacks employed in the households of white Orlandoans.” And for 60 years, it grew into a thriving black community with 18,000 residents and streets lined with vibrant schools, theaters, local shops, family-owned restaurants and hotels. But in the 1950s and 1960s, amidst civil unrest at the end of the Jim Crow era, new construction cut Parramore off from the rest of the area and the community suffered greatly.
There’s a lot buzzing in Parramore right now and we want to be sure to introduce you to the folks who have been a part of the community for a long time and are helping it grow while also trying to preserve its rich history.
Keep an eye on the newsletter to find out which question we answer about Parramore. We promise to report back as best we can.