Civil Rights in the Sunshine State

Museum of Florida History exhibit

The Museum of Florida History presents the special exhibit Civil Rights in the Sunshine State from November 7, 2014 to April 5, 2015 in downtown Tallahassee. Through artifacts, videos, interactive elements, and narratives, visitors can explore the significant contributions Florida made to the state and national civil rights movement.

The Museum of Florida History produced Civil Rights in the Sunshine State in collaboration with multiple universities, organizations, and individuals. Many of the photographs on display are from the State Archives of Florida, and there are artifacts from across the state, loaned from organizations such as the Ritz Theatre and Museum in Jacksonville, HistoryMiami, Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center, ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, Stetson Kennedy Foundation, and Meeks-Eaton Black Archives and Museum at Florida A&M University.

Among the items on display are a Bible of the Reverend Theodore Gibson, who was a leader of the civil rights movements in Miami, and a stool from Woolworths Department Store in Jacksonville, which was the site of a famous "sit-in" demonstration in 1960 that made national headlines. Complementing the artifacts are videos of numerous civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Patricia Stephens Due, Theodore Gibson, and Reverend C. K. Steele.

Date and Time:

9:00am - 4:30pm November 7, 2014 - April 15, 2015


Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

Event Repeat Summary:

Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm Sunday and holidays: Noon - 4:30pm

Contact Information:

Gary Pettit


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