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Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" at the Greyhound bus station.
, M87- 27, Box 9
In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida. After successfully completing the Freedom Ride they had planned to fly home but first decided to test whether or not the group would be served in the segregated airport restaurant. As a result 10 Freedom Riders, later known as the Tallahassee Ten, were arrested for unlawful assembly [Priscilla Stephens, Jeff Poland, and another black activist waiting to greet them were all arrested too]. They were released on bond following their conviction and sentence later that same month which was followed by about 3 years of legal appeals. The 10 original riders later returned to Tallahassee to serve brief jail terms in August 1964 and were released after serving 4 days of their 60-day sentences.
Standing at the far left is Rabbi Israel Si Dresner speaking with Priscilla Stephens (later Kruize), from CORE. Leaning in at the left to listen to the group is Reverend Petty D. McKinney, from Nyack, N.Y. Far background wearing hat is Reverend Robert J. Stone, from New York City. Seated at right top is Reverend Wayne Hartmire Jr., from Culver City, California. Standing at the far right is Reverend Arthur McArven Warner of New York City.
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Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" at the Greyhound bus station. 1961. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/267325>, accessed 29 June 2022.
Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" at the Greyhound bus station. 1961. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/267325>