On­line his­tory ex­hibit hon­ors Pulse vic­tims.

Cen­ter’s fourth an­nual re­mem­brance of mass shoot­ing will honor each of the 49 who died

Orlando Sentinel - - Front Page - By Stephen Hu­dak

Long be­fore Pulse was a safe space for Or­lando’s LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ties, it was Lorenzo’s Pizze­ria, the Yum Yum Hut and Dixie Village Mo­tors.

The Orange County Regional His­tory Cen­ter’s fourth an­nual re­mem­brance of the mass shoot­ing at the night­club will this year fea­ture an an­i­mated his­tory of the lot at 1912 South Orange Ave. in ad­di­tion to new im­ages of ob­jects gath­ered from me­mo­rial sites and trib­utes to the 49 peo­ple who died.

Visi­tors to the web page can check out a ’61 Chevy Im­pala hard­top and the auto dealer’s news­pa­per ad en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to “drive it home for…$695.” Or they can read about Or­lando fast-food restau­ra­teur Sandi McDon­ald’s yum-yum sauce as well as dis­cover the other busi­nesses, which pre-dated Pulse’s open­ing in 2004, and see a rain­bow ap­pear over the me­mo­rial site.

The col­lec­tion, archived on pages for each of the 49 peo­ple lost to the vi­o­lence, speaks elo­quently through pic­tures in the free ex­hibit ti­tled, “The Sto­ries They Could Tell.”

Find it on­line at www.the­his­to­rycen­ter.org/sto­ries-they-couldtell. The ex­hibit is pre­sented in both English and Span­ish.

It was en­dorsed on Face­book by Mayra Ben­abe-Alvear, af­ter she pre­viewed the ex­hibit. Her daugh­ter, Amanda Alvear, 25, was among the 49 who died at the club.

Fri­day at noon, the spe­cial ex­hibit’s chief cu­ra­tor, Pam Schwartz, and One Or­lando reg­is­trar Jeremy Hile­man will con­duct an on­line tour in English, high­light­ing im­ages and se­lected pieces which make up the provoca­tive pre­sen­ta­tion. A week from Fri­day, Noelia Irizarry-Ro­man, a bi-lin­gual mu­seum staffer, will con­duct an on­line tour in Span­ish.

Both guided vir­tual tours will be recorded and posted on The

His­tory Cen­ter site. If in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the tours, you must pre-regis­ter.

The at­tack in­side Pulse oc­curred June 12, 2016, near the end of Latin Night where the crowd in­cluded a rain­bow of patrons.

Many of the vic­tims were young, gay and Puerto Ri­can.

They rep­re­sented the diver­sity of peo­ple who fre­quently danced at the club, about half a mile from Or­lando Health’s main med­i­cal cam­pus.

The His­tory Cen­ter, lo­cated in Her­itage Square down­town, re­opened this week af­ter it was shut­tered for more than two months be­cause of the threat of COVID-19.

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