Father Theodore R. Gibson was an Episcopal Canon and an active member in
the black community of Miami. Gibson served on the Miami city commission from
1972 to 1981. As a leader of the civil rights movement, he participated in many
events; for example, in 1945 he helped stage a "wade-in” at whites-only
Haulover Beach. As president of the Miami chapter of the NAACP, he served a
prison sentence in 1960 for refusing to reveal their membership, charges that
were reversed by the Supreme Court in 1963.