Correspondence Between Governor LeRoy Collins and C. K. Steele, 1956

Correspondence Between Governor LeRoy Collins and C. K. Steele, 1956

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TH53 LONG PD=TALLAHASSEE FLO 28 1028AME=

=HON LEROY COLLINS, GOVERNOR=

DEAR GOVERNOR COLLINS: AS YOU MAY KNOW A NUMBER OF NEGRO CITIZENS IN TALLAHASSEE, THE CAPITOL CITY OF FLORIDA, ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO VARIOUS TYPES OF PROSECUTIONS BY THE CITY. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DISCOVER ANY WHITE CITIZENS, WHO HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO SUCH PROSECTIONS [SIC]. WE ARE THUS LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THESE PROSECUTIONS STEM MAINLY FROM THE REFUSAL OF NEGRO CITIZENS TO CONTINUE TO RIDE THE PRIVATELY OWNED BUS SYSTEM UNDER THE PRESENT INTOLERABLE CONDITIONS. NO MATTER WHAT GUISE THESE PROSECUTIONS GO UNDER THEY STILL AMOUNT TO A VIOLATION OF THE CIVIL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIHTS [SIC] OF TALLAHASSEE'S NEGRO CITIZENS. WE RESPECTFULLY URGE THAT YOU USE THE FULL POWER OF YOUR OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THIS SITUATION IN TALLAHASSEE, TO PREVENT FURTHER INJUSTICE BEING DONE TO A LARGE PORTION OF THE POPULATION, WHICH ALSO HAS A VITAL INTEREST IN THE GROWTH AND WELL BEING OF THE CITY OF TALLAHASSEE, AND THE WHOLE STATE OF FLORIDA. VERY TRULY YOURS=

=REV C K STEELE, PRESIDENT THE INTER CIVIC COUNCIL OF TALLAHASSEE=

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series S776, Box 33, Folder 3

Description

The first item is a telegram from C. K. Steele to Governor LeRoy Collins regarding the Tallahassee Bus Boycott which lasted from May 26, 1956, until the following year. The telegram was informing the governor that black citizens "are being subjected to various types of prosecutions by the city" as a result of the bus boycott, and Steele asks Governor Collins to intervene. The second item is a reply from the governor on the same day.