Civil Rights Pioneers Unveil Rosa Parks Plaque
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.