My co-worker MK got a question on Ask-a-Librarian, our state-wide virtual reference service, about some photographs from the Florida Memory archive. They were of a political rally in the black, Frenchtown section of Tallahassee in 1971, in support of Bill Johnson
MK asked me if it rang any bells No, I had not come up to Tallahassee until 1974, and though I was somewhat politically active here then, I'd never heard of Bill Johnson. But I had a feeling, which proved to be correct, that these photos might have been from the John Buckley Collection.
I can't say that John was a friend, but I knew him as I knew some other local leftists from the civil rights/anti-war days. I remember listening to him hold forth at The Alley, a downtown watering hole. I liked him because he thirsted for justice, but did not hew to any party line.
MK looked at our microfilm of the Tallahassee Democrat around the date, and I did too, but there was no coverage. It is possible that the FSU student paper, The Florida Flambeau, covered the rally, but we don't have microfilm for it.
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