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Civil Rights Memorial

801 S. Gasden St.
Tallahassee FL 32301

The Tallahassee Civil Rights Memorial sits on the former site of the Leon County Jail, now known as Cascades Historical Plaza.  The memorial is located at the southeast corner of East Gaines and South Gadsden St., adjacent to the AC Hotel in downtown Tallahassee. The jail drew national attention in the 1960s when a group of civil rights activists held a nonviolent "jail-in" to protest segregation. The exhibit honors the courageous men and women who led the jail-in and interprets other key events in Tallahassee’s civil rights history. The structure uses corten steel backed by stainless steel, creating visual contrast between dark rust and silver colors. The largest panel on the front side commemorates the jail-in, and auxiliary panels include images and text that mark the events leading up to and following the jail-in. The reverse side of the exhibit includes a reproduction of a letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent to Tallahassee activists in 1960 and lists the names of Tallahassee’s civil rights "foot soldiers."

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The Tallahassee Civil Rights Memorial sits on the former site of the Leon County Jail, now known as Cascades Historical Plaza.  The memorial is located at the southeast corner of East Gaines and South Gadsden St., adjacent to the AC Hotel in downtown Tallahassee. The jail drew national attention in the 1960s when a group of civil rights activists held a nonviolent "jail-in" to protest segregation. The exhibit honors the courageous men and women who led the jail-in and interprets other key events in Tallahassee’s civil rights history. The structure uses corten steel backed by stainless steel, creating visual contrast between dark rust and silver colors. The largest panel on the front side commemorates the jail-in, and auxiliary panels include images and text that mark the events leading up to and following the jail-in. The reverse side of the exhibit includes a reproduction of a letter from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent to Tallahassee activists in 1960 and lists the names of Tallahassee’s civil rights "foot soldiers."

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