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3 weeks 3 days ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 6, Fall 2009

Dr. Phillips Area — the First Master-Planned Community in Central Florida The past five issues of Legacies have detailed the history of Doc Phillips’ citrus empire, the family’s love of the arts and its wise transition to commercial real estate.The income from Dr. Phillips Charities’ real estate and other investments today is used to provide funding and support to numerous nonprofit organizations in the local community, serving the needs of tens of thousands of children and families annually...

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3 weeks 4 days ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 5, Spring 2009

As a citrus pioneer, Doc Phillips quickly came to understand that the citrus industry was very cyclical. Part of the year was hectic with the demands of the industry including planting and harvesting and part was very slow. As a result, good employees who were kept on staff during the busy times were let go during the slow times. Doc recognized that he was losing talented people during these downturns and was determined to find a way to keep them employed all year.

Doc decided to...

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3 weeks 4 days ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 4, Fall 2008

When Doc Phillips first arrived in Central Florida, it’s hard to imagine that he could have foreseen the tremendous success he would enjoy in the citrus business. Rising above the hardships imposed by Florida’s fickle weather and by a country enduring the Great Depression and World Wars, Doc Phillips persevered.

Through hard work and a keen instinct for business, Doc Phillips and his son, Howard, became leaders of the citrus business in the state of Florida. Seeing there was a larger...

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3 weeks 4 days ago Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 3, Spring 2008

The first edition of the Dr. Phillips Legacies newsletter explored the events that brought the well-known Dr. Phillips name to the Central Florida community. The second edition shared the enrichments to the community that were a result of the Phillips family’s dedication to the arts, culminating in the naming of The Dr. P. Phillips Orlando Performing Arts Center.

The next step of this 100-year journey – so deeply intertwined with the development of Central Florida as we know it today...

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1 week 4 days ago Oral History Interview with Belvin Perry, Jr.

My name is Belvin Perry, Jr. I was born October 11, 1949 in Orlando, Florida on Holden Street which is now known as Anderson Street between Division and Parramore. [Were you born at home?] Yes, I was born at home. [And did a midwife come from the neighborhood?] From what I was told, there was a midwife there. During that time period there were very few people that were born in hospitals. [And you're obviously very healthy.] Yes, I turned out to be okay.

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1 month 1 day ago Belvin Perry, Sr. and Family at Bethune Beach, Summer 1955

Belvin Perry, Sr. with his son Belvin Perry, Jr., and daughter, Valeria, at Bethune Beach, Summer 1955. 

Listen as Belvin Perry, Jr. describes his parents in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Belvin Perry, Jr. at the Orlando Public Library on April 24, 2017.

LISTEN Part I (21:28) (Text highlights from audio.)

My parents, well, very loving, firm people. My dad in 1951 along with Richard Arthur Jones became the first two black police officers hired by the...

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1 month 1 day ago Belvin Perry Jr. Playing on Chatham Street, circa 1953

The world at that time was very, let me find the right word, you sort of stayed within your own community. Everything revolved around that small area. You went to church, and I went to church which was one block up at Shiloh Baptist Church located at the corner of Jackson and Terry. I lived on South and Terry. So everything revolved around that particular neighborhood.

As far as parks were concerned, there was a field diagonally across the street from where we lived, where we used to...

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1 month 1 day ago Belvin Perry, Jr. on Easter Sunday, 1954

A typical Sunday was going to Sunday School which started at 9 am. Leaving Sunday School, going to church, it was from 11 am to hopefully 1 o'clock. Most of the time you were out by 1:30, came home had dinner, and was back to church at 5:30 for Baptist Training Union. And you got dragged into evening service. So Sundays were basically a day for going to church... Sunday dinners were always nice. Church was interesting. You know, one of my Sunday School teachers one was Arthur Pappy Kennedy,...

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1 week 4 days ago Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

 One of the things I can remember about Arthur Kennedy, and we used to call him Deacon Kennedy, was the fact that he would always encourage you. In my first opportunity for so called public speaking, and you didn't consider it public speaking, was when he would ask and he would say, "You're going to summarize the Sunday School lesson before all of the classes when we go back for assembly." I used to like it because if you did a good job, he would give you 50 cents. And as a young kid, 50...

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1 month 5 days ago Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center's Principal's Album 2011-2012

Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center Principal's Album 2011-2012. VIEW.

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