Civil Rights Activist Memorialized on East Jefferson Street

The Capital City recently unveiled the Tallahassee-Leon County Civil Rights Heritage Walk, a commemorative sidewalk on East Jefferson Street, illustrating another piece of the city’s intricate history.  The sidewalk honors more than 50 Civil Rights leaders and activists, who took part in Tallahassee’s 1960s lunch counter sit-ins and the 1956 bus boycott, which is considered the second major bus boycott in the United States. 

Florida State University’s Master Craftsman Studio designed and constructed the terrazzo sidewalk, which includes 16 panels weighing between 440 and 2,200 pounds each. The sidewalk’s iconic images include slogans and signs worn by protesters, brass footsteps bearing the names of activists and a bus that displays A&M College, which was the name of Florida A&M University at the time.

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Visit Tallahassee

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Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee)

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