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Rev. C.K. Steele Memorial Highway Marker Unveiled

Blaise Gainey

City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and other officials unveiled the last marker designating a stretch of Orange Avenue as C.K. Steele Memorial Highway.

Rev. C.K. Steele is known for organizing the Tallahassee Bus Boycott after two black female students were arrested for sitting in a “whites only” section of a segregated city bus. He later served as a state and local president of the NAACP and died in 1980.

In 1983, Tallahassee City commissioners voted to name the city’s bus terminal downtown in his honor. The designation was approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor last year.

His son, Darryl Steele was in attendance to talk about how it feels to see his father honored.

"I love Tallahassee, and Daddy loved Tallahassee. And so we so appreciate this and we hope that Tallahassee will continue to grow in the cause of human rights, and love and good will."

The new name applies to renames the portion of Orange that stretches from Capital Circle Southwest to South Monroe Street.