THE GROVELAND FOUR
Airs Monday, June 25 at 10 p.m. on WUCF
On the morning of July 16, 1949, a young Lake County farm wife accused four young black men of rape. The case of “The Groveland Four” played out over several years, and led to a race riot, torture, multiple murders, two trials, a Supreme Court reversal and the assassination of a Florida civil rights leader. Those involved included a segregationist Sheriff, the KKK, Thurgood Marshall and a courageous Mount Dora newspaper editor whose views on race relations changed significantly because of what she witnessed.
Though widely reported at the time by the national and international press, the case has been largely forgotten... even though it helped lay a foundation for the end of Jim Crow segregation and the start of the Civil Rights Movement.
THE GROVELAND FOUR: Videos
A young St. Petersburg Times copy editor investigated the 1949 Groveland Four case.
African-American activist Harry T. Moore is forever linked to the 1949 Groveland Four case
Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall played a prominent role in the 1949 Groveland Four case.
Meet The People Behind The Film:
Learn more about The Groveland Four's writer/director/producer Keith Salkowski.
Learn more about The Groveland Four's editor, Laurel Ladevich.
Learn more about The Groveland Four's director of photography, Mark Hubatsek.