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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wilhelmina Jakes And Carrie Patterson: Initiators of The Tallahassee Bus Boycott

 
 
Wilhelmina Jakes And Carrie Patterson: Initiators of The Tallahassee Bus Boycott Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. Wilhelmina Jakes And Carrie Patterson: Initiators of The Tallahassee Bus Boycott Marker
Inscription. On May 26, 1956, two Florida A&M University (FAMU) students, Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson boarded a crowded Tallahassee city bus and sat in the only seats available, in the front next to a white female passenger. The bus driver ordered them to the back of the bus, but they refused. Outraged, the driver pulled the bus over and called the police. The two students were arrested and charged with “placing themselves in a position to incite a riot.” The next night a cross was burned on their lawn. In response, FAMU students, led by SGA President Brodes Hartley, held a mass meeting and voted to stop riding city buses. This sparked the ten-month-long Tallahassee Bus Boycott, the second major successful economic protest of the Civil Rights Movement. Other citizens embraced the boycott. Local religious leaders and community members founded the Inter-Civic Council (ICC) and elected Rev. C.K. Steele, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, as president. The ICC expanded the boycott, which ended in March 1957. Months of defiant walking, carpooling and legal battles and the fortitude of Jakes, Patterson and other FAMU Freedom Fighters, helped sustain America’s promise of equal rights and justice for all citizens.
A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected
Marker area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. Marker area
2007 by Florida A&M University and the Florida Department of State,. (Marker Number F-614.)
 
Location. 30° 25.535′ N, 84° 17.142′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on South Martin Luther King Boulevard 0.1 miles south of West Palmer Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along the street near the Student Union Offices. This area is normally for official vehicles only. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1764 South Martin Luther King Boulevard, Tallahassee FL 32307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Florida A&M University (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Florida A&M University Hospital (1911-1971) (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Florida A&M University Hospital (1911-1971) (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Florida A&M University (approx. ¼ mile away); Chandler's Tourist Camp (approx. half a mile away); Jacksonville, Pensacola and Mobile Railroad Company Freight Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Capt. John Parkhill (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Union Bank of Florida (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tallahasse Democrat article on Wilhelmina Jakes
Looking north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Looking north on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Tallahasse Democrat article on Carrie Patterson. (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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