The Florida Memory Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use photographs, documents, sound recordings and film footage from the State Library and Archives of Florida to explore history.

Learning Units

Photographs and documents from the State Library and Archives of Florida are placed together with background information.

Primary Source Sets

Using primary source documents gives students the power to analyze history as historians do.

Primary sources are created in the moment of the historical event being studied. These primary source sets contain documents and photos arranged by topic that teachers can use in their lesson plans. Each set is accompanied by a teacher's guide containing historical context, teaching suggestions, and relevant NGSSS and Florida Standards.

Tallahassee Bus Boycott

Reverend C. K. Steele and Reverend H. McNeal Harris (pastor of Bethel AME church) protested segregated seating on Tallahassee city buses by sitting in the middle instead of at the back of the bus.

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The Tallahassee Ten

In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida.

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Patricia and Priscilla Stephens and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

In the summer of 1959, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized the Miami Interracial Action Institute and taught attendees principles of non-violent direct action to combat inequality in the South.

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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Florida

From 1972 to 1982, Florida lawmakers addressed the question of whether to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The amendment proposed that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex." Floridians' response to the ERA mirrored the national divide over the amendment's message on gender equality.

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  • Florida History Day Resources

    Florida History Day is an annual statewide activity sponsored by the Museum of Florida History. These archival resources relate to this year's theme.