'Unthinkable': July Perry's great-niece reflects on Ocoee massacre legacy
In 1920, on Election Day in Ocoee, July Perry was captured, taken to jail, lynched and hanged after another Black man in the community tried to vote. His great-niece, Sha'ron Cooley McWhite, says even though the tragic event occurred a century ago, it still causes her family pain today. 'It’s unthinkable but the most important part is not how he was killed. It’s why he was killed. That’s what we need to talk about.'