Downtown UCF

Of History and Hope


“If we can truly remember, they will not forget.”

Miller Williams, “Of History and Hope”
from Some Jazz A While: Collected Poems

Throughout the design

The overall printed text: The background for all of the panels is filled with printed Directory listings from the 1960 Negro Orlando Chamber of Commerce brochure.
Florida State Archives

The maps: All of the panels except the transoms have Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps from 1956. These maps show all the built structures that existed at that time.
Sanborn Library LLC

The plants: Plants from listing in 1846 Survey Notes of this area. The notes included native plants from the cypress swamp ecosystem. I also included a saw palmetto from the Florida scrub. Special thanks to Patrick Bohlen, UCF Arboretum

From top to bottom: bracken fern, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, dahoon holly, and bald cypress. I used various old botanical illustrations as the basis for my line drawings.

Excerpts from “We come from Parramore”, a digital movie made by local young people from the Parramore Kidz Zone through the UCF Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment Digital U program. Special thanks to Sasha Mills