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Record Group Number: 000401
Series/Collection Number: .S 1564
Creator: Florida Public Broadcasting.
Title, Dates: Rosewood claims bill hearings videotapes, 1994.
Amount: 27.00 video tapes VHS
Medium Included: videotapes VHS
Organization/Arrangement: Chronological.
Terms Governing Use: The videotapes cannot be duplicated without the permission of the Legislature (Public Records Law exemption 119.071(1)(e).  Researchers seeking disclosure of videotapes or video signals in this series  depicting open public meetings of the Senate should request permission from The Florida Channel (successor to Florida Public Broadcasting). The Senate's approval of disclosure is contingent upon the inquirer's agreement to comply with any conditions placed upon use by the station.  Questions about whom a researcher should contact concerning disclosure or duplication of a specific videotape or signal should be directed to the Senate General Counsel's Office.
Summary:     These videotapes document hearings held in 1994 on House Bill 591, a claims bill for compensation for survivors and their families of the Rosewood incident of 1923.  On New Years Day of that year, a young woman claimed she was assaulted by a Black man who allegedly then fled toward Rosewood, a small, mostly Black community about 40 miles west of Gainesville.  An angry white mob attacked the community, hanged or shot several residents, and burned all of its buildings to the ground.  The governor offered National Guard troops, but local law enforcement officials declined, saying that everything was under control.  Despite their assurances, the rampage was allowed to continue for a week, resulting in the deaths of six Black and two white residents, and the permanent evacuation of all residents of Rosewood.
    Witnesses at the hearings included victims and their descendants and experts in areas such as psychology and economics.  Testimony described the families who lived in Rosewood, the houses and other buildings in the town, the events of January 1, 1923, and the psychological and economic impact of the events on the victims and their families.
    Included in the series are videotapes of proceedings of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in regard to the Rosewood claims bill.  The series contains 15 Super-VHS videotapes, of which several appear to be blank or unreadable, and 12 standard VHS tape duplicates of the readable Super-VHS tapes.  The standard VHS tapes are recommended for viewing when using standard VHS equipment.
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Subject Access Fields: Race relations.
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Rosewood (Fla.) History
Rosewood (Fla.) Race relations
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