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Exhibit evokes memories of people involved in protests. Photo by Keira Green.
Florida’s civil rights movement showcased in museum’s new exhibitNovember 19, 2014
By: Keira Green
Montgomery and Selma weren’t the only cities to lead successful and powerful civil rights movements.
Tallahassee and other Florida cities, such as St. Augustine and Miami, also took part in the movement for social equality for African-Americans and minorities.
The Museum of Florida History has opened up a brand new exhibit, “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State.” The exhibit was created to showcase the grand history and the struggle for equality of African- Americans and minorities in this state.
“This exhibit is important for Florida’s history because the movement here was significant to the equality of African- Americans,” said Michelle Hearn, the curator of the exhibit.
To really appreciate the exhibit you must know the true history of Florida and the movement that began here. For more information, go to http://www.themuseumoffloridahistory.com.
“We start the exhibit with slavery times in the mid-to-late 1800s to the 1930s and 1940s because that is when the movement really started,” said Hearn.
The civil rights era in Florida had many stages. The first stage began in the mid-to-late 1800s toward the end of slavery times. The slaves that were educated made it their mission to educate other slaves and started their own schools.
These schools evolved into HBCUs- Historically Black Colleges and Universities - institutions designed for the higher learning of African- Americans.
Students and faculty of these institutions eventually led the protests and marches of the movements.
In Tallahassee the movement was lead by Florida A&M University students.
These students… (Read More)
If you are going to vote, Crist and Graham seem like best choicesNovember 03, 2014
By: Michael Abrams
We’ve given a lot of thought to the governor’s race in Florida, given that both candidates seem to lack the tools to run the state in a way that would… (Read More)
‘Officer Friendly’ changes his role as he dons the deadly armor of a hostile invading armySeptember 11, 2014
By: Jack Strickland
Why do the police have so much military equipment these days? Do they really need grenade launchers, sssault rifles, armored personnel carriers, and light tanks?
Sometimes police… (Read More)
By Keira Green
They are “Bold and Beautiful” and they make “Young” people “Restless.”
They are soap operas. I have been on this earth for 21 years and for as long as I can remember I have been in love… (Read More)
By Jack Strickland
The number one nationally ranked Florida Gators basketball team faced two daunting challenges last week, one of them unknown to sportscasters.
They destroyed perennial powerhouse Kentucky on the basketball court on Saturday afternoon.
But earlier… (Read More)