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State Archives of Florida
Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida.
Shelf number: 07775.
For nearly seven months in 1956, Tallahassee African Americans would not ride the city buses in protest of the segregated seating. As a result of the boycott, 21 members of the Inter Civic Council were convicted on charges of operating an illegal tranportation system set up as a car pool without a franchise. They were fined $11,000. On December 24th, Reverend C.K. Steele, Reverend A.C. Redd and Reverend H. McNeal Harris rode several buses sitting close to the front. Reverend J. Meta Rollins and Reverend Dan B. Speed also defied the seating convention on several buses that day.
Accompanying note: "African Americans in Tallahassee decided to call off their plans for a front-riding bus demonstration when they found a couple of hundred whites including a group of youths who mingled with the curious and exchanged bantering remarks and big talk about resistance."
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Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida. 1956-12-27. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34863>, accessed 21 May 2022.
Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida. 1956-12-27. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 21 May. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34863>.