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Family of civil rights activist Laura Dixie reflects on her legacy

Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 14:45:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall spoke with Laura Dixie's three children as they shared memories of the local civil rights activist.

The life of Laura Dixie is painted with stories from her children. They recall one time she tried to break racial barriers growing up in a segregated Leon County.

Four years later, Dixie helped FAMU students who were jailed during the Woolworth Counter Sit-Ins.

The Dixies rubbed shoulders with Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. and when he came to visit Tallahassee, he stayed at their house and drove their car.

Laura Dixie's legacy is literally etched in downtown Tallahassee, but her family says her fight for civil rights went beyond the capital city.

Dixie's children say they'd tag along with her sometimes as she traveled to push for change. They say she was brave in a time and place where fear seemed to be more powerful.