The Integration Statue
Though the doctrine of "separate but equal" in public education was overturned in 1954, integration in Florida's postsecondary institutions did not immediately follow. In the summer of 1962, without the prompting of litigation, FSU broke barriers by admitting its first African American students — 12 teachers enrolled in graduate science courses. That fall, FSU enrolled its first three full-time African American students — two graduate students and one undergraduate.
In 1965, the undergraduate student, Maxwell Courtney, became the first African American graduate of FSU. Enrolling at FSU in 1965, Fred Flowers became the first African American to wear an FSU athletic uniform. In 1970, FSU students elected the first African American Homecoming Queen, Doby Lee Flowers. With those students and so many others in mind, sculptor Sandy
The prominent placement of this monument ensures that the students of today and tomorrow are reminded of the journey their fellow FSU alumni undertook in demanding social, academic and athletic equality. As Fred Flowers said at the unveiling of this monument, "Florida State University stands alone as a shining light, as a beacon of diversity and multiculturalism.”
[text from related plaques mounted around base of sculpture]
W. Stanley "Sandy" Proctor (USA)
This artwork is a celebration of the hardships and successes of a group of young men and women with a vision. That vision was to make Florida State University a center of learning for all people — a great university with cultural diversity as part of its mission. This sculpture honors those courageous African-American students who paved the way to integration at Florida State University during the 1960s. The three figures are historically accurate representations of the first African-American graduating scholar from the Class of 1965, the first African-American to wear an FSU athletic uniform and the first African-American Homecoming Princess.
Erected 2004 by Florida State University.
Location. 30° 26.623′ N, 84° 17.877′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from North Woodward Avenue 0.2 miles south of West Tennessee Street (U.S. 90) when traveling south. Marker and "Integration" sculpture are located on the Florida State University Legacy Walk, just south of North Woodward Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tallahassee FL 32304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. J. Stanley Marshall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring Student Excellence (about 300 feet away); Konrad Emil Bloch (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Robert Schrieffer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sir Harold W. Kroto (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Sanderson Mulliken (approx. 0.4 miles away); James M. Buchanan (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Also see . . .
1. The Story Behind the Statue: Honoring the Firsts of Florida State(Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Integration Statue. The monument, titled “Integration,” was unveiled during the Heritage Day Celebration on January 30, 2004. The monument consists of three figures standing approximately nine feet tall on a circular brick pedestal, and is based on the concept of “books, bats, and beauty.” The first African American students at FSU faced a multitude of challenges in the efforts of integration of the university. The students worked for integration in all aspects of campus life, including academic, athletic, and social. The planners of the monument, including D’Alemberte, Doby Flowers, Proctor, and FSU officials, decided that the “books” element of the monument theme was best represented by Courtney, the first African American graduate; the “bats” element was best represented by Fred Flowers, the first African American athlete; and the “beauty” element was best represented (Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.