Skip to comments.The Fire That Failed
Posted on 09/15/2020 5:29:22 PM PDT by Twotone
Ive never written of this episode in the history of Marion County, Fla., but then, I dont think anyone else has either. However, so much time has passed, with most of the witnesses long gone, I feel its time to mention it for posteritys sake.
Back in the late 1960s, there was a very active chapter of the Weathermen in Tampa which planned (and occasionally completed) wicked assaults on Whitey. But, apparently, their most cherished dream was located not in Tampa, but 90 miles away in the small but politically important town of Ocala.
Their plan was confided to Ocala blacks, who were frightened into silence. Except for one, a maid at the home of one of the towns leading citizens, who loved that nice Lady enough to tell her of the plot. The lady told her husband, who told the sheriff and a few others. It was quickly decided the news should NOT be spread to the public.
Of course, friends told friends (confidentially). So it was that our next door neighbor at the lake Dr. E.G. Peek (known as Mr. Ocala, by many for his civic responsibilities) told Dad about the expected riotand have a gun handy in case the perpetrators create a real riot and start a general uprising. So it was, on that evening, Dad with his shotgun and I with the family .22, sat for hours awaiting what we knew not.
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Good lessons in there for our times.
Thanks for posting.
That’s quite an interesting story. I’m forwarding to all my neighbors, friends in the area.
***who were frightened into silence. Except for one, a maid ***
I remember my college teacher, back in 1972, saying that in the Slave South, the slave house servants were the most trustworthy to the white owners.
They often warned their masters of any trouble ahead. Probably because the house slaves had life easy as compared to a field hand.
That was interesting, thanks for posting. It is interesting too that the ANTIFA/BLM riots and arson are organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party (Rev Com) which is headed by chairman Bob Avakian who was a former Weathermen/Weather Underground member.
Great place to grow up.
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