History Center Celebrates Mount Dora’s Mabel Norris Reese for Bold Journalism



In honor of Women’s History Month, the Orange County Regional History Center this week celebrated the life and career of Mabel Norris Reese, a Central Florida journalist who took on the Ku Klux Klan while running a weekly newspaper in Lake County during the late 1940s and the 1950s.

Reese’s life was threatened, her home was firebombed, and her dog was poisoned as she covered the case of the Groveland Four, four African American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman in 1949 and have since been pardoned by Florida officials.

Read the full article from Spectrum News 13: History Center Celebrates Mount Dora’s Mabel Norris Reese for Bold Journalism