- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) - In a story March 27 about the death of Arnett Doctor, a key figure in securing reparations for the Rosewood massacre, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dallas & Davis Funeral Services confirmed that Doctor died at home. The information about where he died came from The Tampa Bay Times.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Rosewood massacre activist dies at 72

Leader of reparations in Rosewood massacre, Arnett Doctor, dies at 72

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) - Arnett Doctor, a key figure responsible for securing reparations for victims of the Rosewood massacre, has died in the Tampa Bay area following a long illness. He was 72.

Dallas & Davis Funeral Services of St. Petersburg say Doctor died Monday. The Tampa Bay Times reported that he was found dead in his Spring Hill home.

The 1923 massacre started in the north Florida town after a married white woman accused a black man of beating her, prompting angry whites to burn nearly every building in Rosewood in a week of destruction. At least six blacks and two whites were killed, although some descendants say there were dozens more.

The Times (https://tinyurl.com/p6eguvs) reports of Doctor’s dedication to shed light on the unspoken incident, including helping a reporter in 1982 expose the long-buried story.

In 1993, the Florida Legislature approved a bill giving the survivors and descendants $2.1 million. Colleagues say Doctor helped gather crucial evidence about loss of property and lives to secure the bill.

A memorial service is planned for April 11.

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