NewsLocal News


Kleman Plaza park named for Tallahassee's first Black female mayor, Dorothy Inman Johnson

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-26 20:04:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Another historic moment was made Monday, Oct. 26, by former Mayor Dorothy Inman-Johnson as the City of Tallahassee’s park on Kleman Plaza is named in her honor.

Dorothy “Dot” Inman-Johnson was a youth activist in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. She continued her dedication to change in many ways, including when she made history in 1986 by becoming the first African American female elected to the Tallahassee City Commission.

During her tenure on the Commission, she helped initiate funding to establish the Smith-Williams Neighborhood Center Annex and aided in developing both the City’s Electric Utility Rate Stabilization fund and Mini-Pass program that provided sidewalks and street improvements for older neighborhoods.

She was also instrumental in acquiring property to create Kleman Plaza, where her newly named park sits.

“It is a true honor for me and my family to have my contributions to Tallahassee and their sacrifices recognized in this way,” Inman-Johnson said.

Inman-Johnson served two terms as Mayor, in 1989 and 1993, respectively.