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A book of local historical firsts from Tallahassee's first Black female commissioner

The cover of Dot Inman-Johnson's new book
Dot Inman-Johnson
The cover of Dot Inman-Johnson's new book

One of Tallahassee's historic figures has written a new book highlighting several other people who have also contributed signicantly to local history. Dot Inman-Johnson will talk about her book at the main downtown library Wednesday evening, October 5.

Inman-Johnson was the first Black woman on the Tallahassee City Commission and served as mayor for two terms in 1989 and 1993. She said her goal in writing "Tallahassee Black History Firsts Post Reconstruction" was to tell many more of those stories.

"When the political environment is to erase Black history as though it never existed, it is so important that we take steps and stand up to our obligation to make sure our history is preserved and heard."

People can hear Inman-Johnson in person this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the main LeRoy Collins Public Library downtown. She'll be reading excerpts from her new book and signing copies.

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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.

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