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Gentlemen protesting segregated bus seating: Tallahassee, Florida

Local call number: RC12419


Title: Gentlemen protesting segregated bus seating: Tallahassee, Florida


Date: December 24, 1956


General note: Reverend C. K. Steele (center left), Reverend Dan Speed (center right) and Reverend A. C. Redd (pastor of the St. James CME Church [now, 2009, the Florida Tax Watch headquarters on Bronough Street]) protested segregated seating on Tallahassee city buses by sitting in the middle instead of at the back of the bus. This action ended a boycott of nearly seven months, brought on by the arrest of two FAMU women students for sitting beside a white woman. As a result of the boycott, 21 members of the Inter Civic Council were convicted on charges of operating an illegal transportation system set up as a car pool without a franchise.


Physical descrip: 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.


Series Title: Reference collection


Repository: State Library and Archives of Florida, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA. Contact: 850.245.6700.


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Visit Florida Memory to find resources for Black History Month and to learn about the contributions of African-Americans in Florida history.


The Reverend Charles Kenzie Steele was among the first group of inductees into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.


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Taken on December 24, 1956