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40th anniversary of Save the Old Capitol

Posted at 12:57 AM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 21:02:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The old Florida Capitol threw a party to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of a group of Floridians fighting, and saving, the Historic Capitol building from demolition.

WTXL ABC 27's Valerie Mills spoke to a local who was on the Capitol steps 40 years ago.

Ron Fahs is one of around 2,000 people who helped keep the iconic Florida Capitol building where it is today.

State leaders wanted to bulldoze what locals called "the grand old southern lady on the hill."

Fahs says at the time he didn't realize the impact he was making fighting to save the Captiol building.

At Thursday night's anniversary party, he and 300 others reminisced about the hard-fought campaign that stopped politicians from destroyed the building.

The Florida Historic Captiol Museum displayed remakes of original petitions signed 40 years ago by people like Fahs.

The building is now considered an icon in the heart of Florida's capital city.

The Florida Historic Captiol Museum continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of saving the building with a new exhibit, which will open in July.