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Leonora LaPeter Anton - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

As a child, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I found my way to journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I worked at a series of smaller newspapers before coming to the Times, where I was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing violence at Florida's underfunded mental hospitals.

  1. Tommy Zeigler photographed on Florida's death row in 2018.
  2. Henry Sireci in an early mugshot.
  3. Tommy Zeigler has been on death row since 1976.
  4. Joseph Bethune, 62 of St. Petersburg raises his fist while observing the newly installed marker at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Second Ave South on Tuesday morning. 

On Nov. 12, 1914, John Evans a black laborer from Dunnellon was condemned by a secret council of 15 of St. Petersburg’s most influential citizens. He was then turned over to a mob of 1500 white residents and murdered. The location is where a mob hung and shot Evans, then sold postcards of the gruesome murder. 

The mission of the Pinellas Remembers Community Remembrance Project Coalition(CRPC) is to bear witness to the legacy of racial terror, epitomized by lynchings in America.
  5. Gwendolyn Reese, 71, president of the African American Heritage Association and a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, poses near the intersection where, on Nov. 12, 1914, the public lynching of John Evans occurred. On Feb. 23, 2021, a memorial will be placed near the site.
  6. An outbreak. Evacuations. Forty families shattered.
  7. Bob Bohen waves at his daughter, Leonora, and his ex-wife, Barbara Bohen, through the glass door at his assisted living facility on May 14.
  8. Tommy Zeigler has been on death row since 1976. CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  9. Tommy Zeigler has been on death row since 1976.
  10. Tommy Zeigler, photographed on death row on June 21, 2018.
  11. Jennifer Garrett, 29, watches her 4-year-old son, Boaz, as protesters gather across the street from City Hall on June 11 in St. Petersburg.
  12. Don Lewis in a picture from 1997
  13. Sydni Sands, 24, from St. Petersburg, in center, holds her "Dump Trump" sign while marching from City Hall on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  14. Florida Highway Patrol block the intersection of Tyler Street and Ashley Drive as protestors march past Saturday, June 6, 2020 in Tampa.
  15. Denise Kwiatkowski has stayed home in Ruskin, isolating from vulnerable family members.
  16. Assistant Manager Shak Siddiquee poses inside Gulfport Shell on April 1.
  17. The 180-bed Atria Willow Wood appears to be the hardest-hit assisted living facility so far by the coronavirus.
  18. Tommy Zeigler, photographed on death row, has spent years hoping that Florida will allow for DNA testing of the evidence in his case. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  19. At the Northeast Shopping Center Publix, customers had cleared out the entire aisle of paper goods, including paper towels and toilet paper, by the end of the day Sunday.
  20. Times reporter Leonora LaPeter Anton with her dad, Bob Bohen.
  21. Squares from the shirt Tommy Zeigler was wearing on the night of the murders have been DNA tested, supporting his version of events. But further tests have been rejected by courts and prosecutors.
  22. Florida's Baker Act was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a 65-year-old grandmother and a freshman Florida legislator from Miami-Dade County, seen here in a 1965 photo.
  23. Staci Plonsky holds art from her autistic son, A.J. Plonsky, depicting his memory of being taken by the school resource officer to a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act law. The incident took place on A.J's first day of middle school. Photo taken November 17, 2019.