Reverend C. K. Steele at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church - Tallahassee, Florida

Reverend C. K. Steele at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church - Tallahassee, Florida

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  • Reverend C. K. Steele at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church - Tallahassee, Florida

Image Number

  • RC12436


  • 1957

Date Note

  • Photographed on January 3, 1957.

Series Title

General Note

  • For nearly seven months in 1956, Tallahassee African Americans would not ride the city buses in protest of the segregated seating. As a result of the boycott, 21 members of the Inter Civic Council were convicted on charges of operating an illegal tranportation system set up as a car pool without a franchise. They were fined $11,000. On December 24th, Reverend C.K. Steele, Reverend A.C. Redd and Reverend H. McNeal Harris rode several buses sitting close to the front. Reverend J. Meta Rollins and Reverend Dan B. Speed also defied the seating convention on several buses that day.

    Biography Note

  • Accompanying note: "Rev. Charles K. Steele with the 4' cross that was burned at his church, at 224 north Boulevard St., at about 9:30 PM on January 2, 1957. Most likely brought on by the front of the bus riding demonstrations the week before."

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 07781.

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