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C.K. Steele Bus Plaza

Published May 1, 2020

C.K. Steele Bus Plaza, on the corner of West Tennessee and Duval Street, is an architectural gem with an incredible history.

The Reverend Dr. Charles Kenzie Steele was a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, pastor of Tallahassee’s esteemed Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, one of the principal organizers of the 1956 Tallahassee bus boycott, and a member of the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. The C.K. Steele Plaza includes a suite of stained glass windows from the original Bethel Church building, which emancipated men and women built for themselves in 1870, and which stood for over one hundred years as a testament to their strength, faith, and dedication to economic and social justice, a mission that continues. Across from the Bethel windows stands a dedicatory plaque honoring Rosa Parks with a quote from Chapter 30 of the Book of Isaiah – “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”