FLOR500, Garden 119 Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, Civil Rights Activists (Wilhelmina Jakes: 1929–2010; Carrie Patterson: 1935–1969) Wilhelmina Jakes was born in South Carolina, but her family moved to West Palm Beach when she was a child. Carrie Patterson was born in Georgia, but grew up in Lakeland. In 1956, the two friends, both students at Florida A&M University, were arrested in Tallahassee because they refused to give up their seats next to a white passenger at the front of a city bus. This act sparked the Tallahassee Bus Boycott that ended segregation on city buses.
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Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, Civil Rights Activists

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Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, Civil Rights Activists

(Wilhelmina Jakes: 1929–2010; Carrie Patterson: 1935–1969)

Wilhelmina Jakes was born in South Carolina, but her family moved to West Palm Beach when she was a child. Carrie Patterson was born in Georgia, but grew up in Lakeland. In 1956, the two friends, both students at Florida A&M University, were arrested in Tallahassee because they refused to give up their seats next to a white passenger at the front of a city bus. This act sparked the Tallahassee Bus Boycott that ended segregation on city buses.





 




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