Orange County Government, Florida
Susan Omoto,
(407) 836-8559 or Susan.Omoto@ocfl.net
Carrie Proudfit,
(407) 836-5429 or Carrie.Proudfit@ocfl.net
27 October 2016
49 Pulse Crosses to be Displayed During Orlando's
Pride Days, Nov. 12-13
Orange County Regional History Center to waive admission during Pride Days

Orlando, FL – The Orange County Regional History Center will display the 49 Pulse Crosses and waive admission during Orlando Pride Days, Nov. 12 and 13. The Pride events were originally scheduled for October, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. The Crosses will then be returned to the History Center’s closed preservation site as part of the One Orlando Collection, which contains more than 5,000 pieces curated from several memorials sites established throughout the region following the Pulse tragedy. The display will open on Nov. 12, five months since the shooting at the Pulse night club, which took the lives of 49 innocent people and injured dozens. In the wake of tragedy, the Crosses, made by Artist Greg Zanis, became international symbols of condolence and love, representing each life that was taken.

Who: Orange County Regional History Center

What: Display of 49 Pulse Crosses

When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 10, a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Sunday, Nov. 13, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Orange County Regional History Center
     65 E. Central Blvd.
     Orlando, FL 32801

Why: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will waive admission to the History Center while the Crosses are on display to ensure that there are no financial barriers for anyone wishing to view them.

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About the 49 Pulse Crosses: Artist Greg Zanis of Chicago created a cross in memory of each of the victims of the Pulse tragedy and brought the crosses to Orlando soon after the shooting. The crosses were displayed near Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the victims were treated. The Pulse Crosses quickly became international symbols of love, peace and condolence. The artist later gave them to the Orange County Regional History Center to be included in the One Orlando Collection.

About the One Orlando Collection: The One Orlando Collection Initiative is a partnership between Orange County Government and the City of Orlando. As of October 2016 the Orange County’s History Center estimates that they had collected nearly 5,000 pieces, curated from the numerous memorials established throughout the region. The Orange County Regional History Center has been charged to preserve memorial items for the long-term memory of our community and to create a comprehensive historical record for current and future generations.

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando, features four floors of permanent and limited-run exhibitions. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Orange County Regional History Center is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Family Services Department under Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners. The Historical Society of Central Florida Inc. is supported by United Arts of Central Florida and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. For additional information visit: The Orange County Regional History Center.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.