Clergymen freed in surprise court action - Tallahassee, Florida.

Clergymen freed in surprise court action - Tallahassee, Florida.

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  • Clergymen freed in surprise court action - Tallahassee, Florida.

Image Number

  • RC12792


  • 1964

Date Note

  • Photographed on August 7, 1964.

Series Title

General Note

  • In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida. After successfully completing the Freedom Ride they had planned to fly home but first decided to test whether or not the group would be served in the segregated airport restaurant. As a result 10 Freedom Riders, later known as the Tallahassee Ten, were arrested for unlawful assembly. They were released on bond following their conviction and sentence later that same month which was followed by about 3 years of legal appeals. The 10 original riders returned to Tallahassee to serve brief jail terms in August 1964 and were released after serving 4 days of their 60-day sentences.
  • Accompanying note: "These white and Negro clergymen elected to go to jail on a 60-day sentence rather than pay a $500 fine each. The ministers were arrested in 1961 when they refused to obey an order to end a sit-in at the airport restaurant. In a surprise court action they were set free after spending four days in jail on a 60-day sentence. From bottom to top are Rabbi Martin Freedman from Paterson, New Jersey; Reverend John W. Collier from Newark, New Jersey; Rabbi Israel Dresner of Springfield, New Jersey; Reverend Arthur L. Hardge from New Britain, [Connecticut]; Reverend A. McArven Warner of New York City; Reverend Petty D. McKinney from Nyack, New York; Dr. Robert McAfee Brown of Stanford, California; Reverend Wayne Hartmire, Jr. from Culver City, California; and Reverend Robert J. Stone of New York City."

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 10 x 8 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 07820.

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