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Jews in the Land of Disney: 'Last of the Jewish Rednecks' fills father's shoes in the orange industry


April 30, 2021

Ellen and Laurence Morrell today.

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Laurence Morrell's father passed away right after he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. "I came back home immediately and had to take over the running of my father's business. My brother was working for Martin-Marietta, so he and my mother would show me where the groves were. Together, we took over the management of 550 acres of citrus. It was mid-summer, the weeds were crotch high, and the heat/humidity was intense that summer," Morrell recalled.

Morrell learned about the groves from the ground up. "I worked alongside with our hand-crew - hoeing trees, fertilizing the...

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