Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida

Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida

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Title

  • Segregation protest called off - Tallahassee, Florida

Image Number

  • RC12429

Year

  • 1956

Date Note

  • December 27, 1956.

Series Title

General Note

  • 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 plans for a front riding bus demonstration when they found a couple of hundred whites at the Park Ave./Monroe St. bus transfer point, including a group of youths who mingled with the curious and exchanged bantering remarks and big talk about resistance."

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 07773.

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