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Central Florida Negro Edition – Orlando Sentinel

The “Central Florida Negro Edition,” a supplement to the Monday Orlando Sentinel, included numerous photographs of individuals, students and church members from the Central Florida Area and beyond.

On page 72 in her book “Black America Series – Orlando Florida” published in 2003, author Senator Geraldine Fortenberry Thompson writes: “E.B. Mitchell photographed happenings in Orlando’s African American community for inclusion in the Sentinel’s Negro Edition, which was printed on pink newsprint and commonly called ‘the pink sheets’.”

It should be noted that there were a number of Orlando Sentinel special editions printed on pink paper and distributed to smaller communities in the Central Florida area. All of these were referred to as the pink sheets or pink pages. 

The actual beginning and ending dates of this special edition of the Orlando Sentinel have not been determined at this time, however, an article on Hungerford High School Football players published in the Orlando Sentinel on 5 February 2006 (p. C6) states: “If the Orlando Sentinel, the city’s morning paper, wrote about Hungerford’s games in the ’50s to the mid-’60s, the write-ups appeared in a supplemental Monday section called the “Central Florida Negro Edition ,” which was delivered only to predominantly black neighborhoods.”

So far, we’ve found the “Negro Edition” as far back as December 1952! This image is the front page of the Negro Edition from 25 January 1965 – Orlando Sentinel microfilm collection at the Orlando Public Library.

Check Documents and Images for examples of the paper.

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Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Jan. 25, 1965
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Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Oct. 1, 1962

Included on this page are the following:

1. Photograph of Oakland High School football team members - Tyrone Jackson, Robert Smith, Rufus G. Young, Horace Odum

2. Photograph Ophelia Tomlinson, Johnnie May Bradley, Veronica Watson, Barbara Ordley. The group uder the direction of Edward Middleton

3. Article by Clyde C. Sanders and photo asking folks to donate money for the completion of a school for "retarded children." He requests donations be made to the Orlando Council for Retarded Children, Inc. attention Robert M. Brice, Jr. or send cash to Mrs. Mary M. Hodge and Miss L. Claudia Allen. Others mentioned in his article are Earnest Newell, Edward Weaver, Jack Galloway, Mrs. Ollie Newberry, Ervin Herron, Mr. and Mrs .William Moody.

4. Photograph of Lorenzo Greene, a junior at Mills High School in Webster and his advisor C. S. Williams.

5. Photograph of the Orange County Non-Partisan Registration Committee's Citizenship Bus  with Mrs. Mabel Richardson, Mrs. Selma Brooks, Mr. Bernard Singleton

6. Apopka Boy Scout Troop 113, Eddie Williams, scout master sponsoring a dance at Phyllis Wheatley's gym. Williams thanked Mr. M. Gladden for donating pup tents and drums.

7. Kissimmee Boy Scout Troop 99 approves budget and began fund raising event to sell Bar B Q pork ribs. More than 33 boys are members of the unit. Officers and chairmen are: W. E. Patterson, John C. Woods, Rye Thomas, Clyde Lewis, E. J. McColluf, Whitfield Barrington, Orington Shaw, Lorenzo Wilkerson, William Long.


Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Jan. 1, 1959
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Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Jan. 2, 1961
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Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Jan. 1, 1962
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Orlando Sentinel - Central Florida Negro Edition - Jan. 7, 1963
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