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Record Group Number: 000161
Series/Collection Number: .S 2381
Creator: State Archives of Florida.
Title, Dates: Never Again Rally photographs, 2018.
Amount: 55 photographs digital
Medium Included: electronic records
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Biographical/Historical:     On February 21, 2018, students, community members, gun-control activists and lawmakers participated in the Never Again Rally in Tallahassee. The demonstrators lobbied the Governor and Legislature to implement gun reform after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    Students from Stoneman Douglas took an active role in the rally, speaking to the crowd about their experiences and calling for stricter gun control legislation. Sheryl Acquaroli, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, asked, "How can you claim to stand for the people but let your kids get slaughtered like animals at their own school? . . . The 17 who were lost were not just a number ... they are people with stories and histories and families. You will not turn these 17 human beings into a statistic. You will not turn a blind eye to who they are. They are our students, our teachers and our coaches. And they died because you failed. And they are bigger heroes than you will ever be."

    Capitol Police estimated that 3,000 people gathered at the Florida Capitol for the rally, which was sponsored by the Florida League of Women Voters and the Florida Coalition to End Gun Violence. The demonstrators marched from Florida State and Florida A&M universities to the Capitol, carrying signs calling for gun control.

    The rally occurred one week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. On February 14, 2018, a gunman open fire at the school, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring an additional 17 people. The victims included Alyssa Alhadeff (14), Scott Beigel (35), Martin Duque (14), Nicholas Dworet (17), Aaron Feis (37), Jaime Guttenberg (14), Chris Hixon (49), Luke Hoyer (15), Cara Loughran (14), Gina Montalto (14), Joaquin Oliver (17), Alaina Petty (14), Meadow Pollack (18), Helena Ramsay (17), Alex Schachter (14), Carmen Schentrup (16) and Peter Wang (15).

Summary:     This series contains 55 digital photographs of the Never Again Rally held at the Florida Capitol on February 21, 2018. Students, community members, gun-control activists and lawmakers called for gun reform after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018. The photographs depict the crowd of protesters and their signs; speakers including students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and the media presence. The images were taken by photographer Adam Watson.

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Electronic Records Access: \\dosshares1\E-recs_Fldocs\State Agency Records\S2381 - Never Again Rally Photographs
Subject Access Fields: Gun control Florida
Students Florida
Mass shootings
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Tallahassee (Fla.)
Parkland (Fla.)
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