Clergymen choose jail rather than pay fines - Tallahassee, Florida.

Clergymen choose jail rather than pay fines - Tallahassee, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/39010
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Title

  • Clergymen choose jail rather than pay fines - Tallahassee, Florida.

Image Number

  • RC17743

Year

  • 1964

Date Note

  • Photographed on August 3, 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. They have been free on a $1,000 bond. From L-R are Reverend John W. Collier from Newark, New Jersey; Reverend A. McArven Warner from New York City; Rabbi Martin Freedman from Paterson, New Jersey; Reverend Arthur L. Hardge from New Britain, Connecticut; Rabbi Israel Dressner from Springfield, New Jersey; Reverend Robert J. Stone from New York City; Dr. Robert McAfee Brown from Stanford, California; and Reverend Petty D. McKinney from Nyack, New Jersey."

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 07819.

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