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Civil Rights Legislation

March 3rd, 2010 by flanews

Legislation to commemorate the civil rights movement in Florida has been filed in Tallahassee. Protestors staged a sit-in in the capital city in 1960, with several protestors being arrested. The building where the sit-in happened is empty today. The legislation would allocate state funds to turn the building into a Civil Rights Museum. Senator Frederica Wilson grew up during the Civil Rights movement and says Floridians who fought and died for equal rights deserve to be honored.

“I experienced the water hoses being let out on people who tried to integrate. I experienced the Klu Klux Klan and a man in my community was lynched. And I experienced all of these atrocities in the state of Florida. And no one has ever called attention to this,” said Wilson.

Lawmakers also want to create a Civil Rights “Hall of Fame” in the Capitol building to honor individuals who made significant contributions to equality

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