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The Groveland Four, a new film by WUCFTHE 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

Norman Bunin

Norman Bunin

A young St. Petersburg Times copy editor investigated the 1949 Groveland Four case.

Harry Moore

Harry Moore

African-American activist Harry T. Moore is forever linked to the 1949 Groveland Four case

Willis McCall

Willis McCall

Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall played a prominent role in the 1949 Groveland Four case.

Meet The People Behind The Film:

Writer, Director, Producer: Keith Salkowski

Writer, Director, Producer: Keith Salkowski

Learn more about The Groveland Four's writer/director/producer Keith Salkowski.

Editor: Laurel Ladevich

Editor: Laurel Ladevich

Learn more about The Groveland Four's editor, Laurel Ladevich.

Director of Photography: Mark Hubatsek

Director of Photography: Mark Hubatsek

Learn more about The Groveland Four's director of photography, Mark Hubatsek.

Narrator: Courtney B. Vance

Narrator: Courtney B. Vance

Learn more about The Groveland Four's narrator, Courtney B. Vance.

Original Music: Kathryn Bostic

Original Music: Kathryn Bostic

Learn more about The Groveland Four's music composer, Kathryn Bostic.

Other Experts:

Author: Gary Corsair

Author: Gary Corsair

Gary is the author of Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four.

The Groveland Four: Behind-The-Scenes

THE GROVELAND FOUR

Premiering on WUCF on Monday, June 25 at 10 p.m.

Groveland Grand Jury Winner

The Story Behind the Groveland Story

WUCF Wins ‘Best Documentary Film’ At Orlando Urban Film Festival

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

WUCF’s locally produced film, The Groveland Four, has been named the Grand Jury Winner - Best Documentary Film by the Orlando Urban Film Festival. The festival, taking place May 25-26 celebrates the works of Central Florida’s diverse community of producers.

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The Story Behind the Groveland Story

Last Updated by Keith Salkowski on

I'm still at a loss to answer when someone asks why the truth surrounding the infamous Groveland rape case that began in July, 1949 remained hidden for 50 years.

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The Origin of The Groveland Four

Posted by Keith Salkowski on

Learn more about the process behind the making of WUCF's, The Groveland Four.

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