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March 30, 2004

Alia Faraj
(850) 488-5394 or
Frances Marine or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Governor Bush and Education Commissioner Horne Announce Statewide Bus Tour Commemorating African American History
Historic Exhibit highlights African American accomplishments in honor of Brown v. Board of Education anniversary

LEESBURG — Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner Jim Horne today launched a statewide bus tour honoring the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. The bus will carry an exhibit from the Florida Department of Education that recognizes the contributions of African American leaders in Florida's education history and highlights displays of Florida's heritage, including pictures, sculptures, and artifacts.

"This exhibit demonstrates significant education accomplishments in African American history and civil rights in the United States. I appreciate those who have helped put this first-class display together, commemorating our past and the strides we have made to bridge the achievement gap heading into the future," Governor Bush said. "African Americans have had a tremendous impact on our state, and I am excited to share this exhibit with all Floridians during this historic year where we celebrate the anniversary of the landmark Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka decision."

Contributors to the exhibit include Florida A&M University black archives, the University of Central Florida, the Department of State, the State Museum of Florida and numerous school districts. The exhibit has been housed at the Turlington building in Tallahassee in recognition of Black History Month this past February.

"In Florida, we are preparing all students for success giving them the opportunity they deserve to achieve their dreams," Commissioner Horne said. "We continue to see incredible learning gains among all students, especially minority students. But this was not done without overcoming many challenges of the past. This exhibit is a reminder of these difficulties and I hope it inspires our students to pursue all avenues of opportunity available to them through a quality education."

The historic exhibit will visit the following areas:

  • Leesburg, March 30
  • Greater Orlando Area, April 12-15
  • Sanford, Ocala, Gainesville, Bartow, April 16-18
  • St. Petersburg, Tampa, April 20-23
  • Bradenton, April 24-26
  • Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, April 27-30
  • Opa Locka, Miami, May 5-9
  • Pensacola, Crestview, May 10-12
  • Jacksonville area, May 13-15
  • Tallahassee, May 17