The Florida Theater
The Florida Theater 1928 to the present. Hope remains for the preservation and restoration of this historic Gainesville venue.
Former student Dan Harmeling poses with his mugshots following his arrest for civil rights activism in Gainesville. Dan was one of the UF students who physical blocked the entrance to the theater in protest of racial segregation.
Read more about the protests in Gainesville and elsewhere in this book of essays edited by Susan Gilson.
Backstory and Context
Gilsson, Susan. The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement. New York City: New York, Rowman & Littlefield, 2006. 257-9.
Martin, Jay. "Florida Theater Renovations A Bright Spot In Limited Music Venue Option." WUFT News, http://www.wuft.org/news/2014/10/14/florida-theater-renovations-a-bright-spot-in-limited-music-venue...
Schweers, Jeff. "Several give stark accounts of segregation-era racism." Gainesville Sun. March 12, 2014. https://www.gainesville.com/article/LK/20140312/News/604133782/GS.