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Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" being arrested at the airport for unlawful assembly.
, M87- 27, Box 9
Freedom Rides, 1961
Law enforcement--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Peace officers--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Police chiefs--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Discrimination in public accommodations
African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights workers--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
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.
Identified are: TPD chief Frank Stoutamire in foreground at left with hat; Reverend John W. Collier of Newark, New Jersey wearing bow tie; Reverend Arthur McArven Warner of New York City, tall man standing next to Collier; Reverend Robert J. Stone from New York City, bald man standing next to Warner; Reverend Arthur L Hardge from New Britain, Connecticut, standing to the right of Stone; and Jeff Poland standing at the right. Seated (L-R): ?, Reverend Ralph Lord Roy, and Dr. Robert McAfee Brown from Stanford, California.
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Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" being arrested at the airport for unlawful assembly. 1961. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/267338>, accessed 30 September 2023.
Members of the "Tallahassee Ten" being arrested at the airport for unlawful assembly. 1961. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/267338>