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Historic Virginia Key Beach Museum Park Office, Virginia Beach Dr. Miami FL


Tinnie proposes exhibiting a newspaper article to commemorate the Ocoee Massacre, which took place 100 years––almost to the day––before the current election. The lynching of Mose Norman, and subsequent massacre of the thriving Black community that was beginning to register and exercise the right to vote, speaks to the artist as a lesson for today. He comments that “perhaps Ocoee is just the timely reminder that Black Votes Matter now more than they ever have in history, but also an equal reminder that our youth, male and female alike, must be heard for their votes to be the vital factor that shapes not only a better nation but also the new world that life on earth demands.”

9’ x 9’ (2.75 x 2.75 m)
Sketch 1

“convex” side of panels, each 2’ w. x 6’ h. (0.6 x 1.8 m)
Sketch 2

“concave” side of panels, each 2’ w. x 6’ h. (0.6 x 1.8 m)
Sketch 3

New York Age
December 19, 1920
Page 1

Gene Tinnie was born in the South Bronx, New York. After studying in multiple institutions, he received an M.A. in French literature and linguistics from Queens College, CUNY. Having worked in multiple cities, he came to Miami, where he joined the Miami Black Arts Workshop and was a founding member of the KUUMBA Artists Collective of South Florida. His public art
commissions include “Remembrance of the Way,” “Trilogy for Dr. King,” and “The World is a Garden in which All Are One.”