© 2023 WFSU Public Media
WFSU News · Tallahassee · Panama City · Thomasville
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Civil Rights Pioneers Unveil Rosa Parks Plaque

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's C.K. Steele Bus Plaza now contains a bronze plaque honoring Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks.

Some of the community's civil rights leaders were on hand for Saturday's dedication ceremony. One of C.K. Steele's sons, the Reverend Henry Steele, knew Rosa Parks well from his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

"I often went with my dad or on my own to SCLC meetings and Rosa Parks would almost always be there," Steele recalled.

Parks visited Tallahassee a quarter-century ago and was greeted by the city's first African-American woman Mayor Dorothy Inman-Johnson.

"I was so honored to be able to present her with the key to the City of Tallahassee and make her welcome to come back anytime," she said to much applause.

Parks died in 2005. Saturday's plaque dedication led into a day-long Harambee Celebration of African-American history and culture at Tallahassee's Cascades Park.

Credit Tom Flanigan
The bronze plaque honoring Rosa Parks at Tallahassee's C.K. Steele Bus Plaza.

Follow @flanigan_tom

Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

Find complete bio, contact info, and more stories. here.