Meeting to Discuss Preserving Old Leon County Jail Underway

Meeting to Discuss Preserving Old Leon County Jail Underway
Posted at 5:50 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 14:38:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A meeting is underway to discuss ways to preserve the history of the old Leon County Jail.

The Firestone building is part of a plan to redevelop the area around Cascades Park.

The building was the county jail during the Civil Rights Movement.

Her story is one that's riveting.

Forty-nine days in jail for a famous incident along with her sister and two other students, all in an effort to stand up against racial discrimination.

And she says this building represents the start of change.

Priscilla Stephens Kruize says she was sent to jail so many times she can't remember. She and her sister Patricia would go to stores like Woolworth's and sit in the "whites only" area.

She told WTXL that she was scared while in jail, staying close to Patricia, but she didn't let that keep her from continuing to fight for civil rights.

She said those are the stories that should be remembered about the building.

Thursday night, a group is meeting to strategize ways to keep the building's history intact, as developers are in the process of buying the property from the city.

The meeting is going on right now at the Jake Gaither Community Center. The Community Redevelopment Agency has been invited to attend.