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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Wall Dedication for Role of African-American Colleges in The Florida College System

The Association for Florida Colleges will host a reception for the employees and family members of "The Magnificent 12" tomorrow in Tallahassee. The event will highlight the role the colleges played in the formation of the Florida College System. Family members of the former administration and employees are slated to attend.

In 1949 under the leadership of Governor LeRoy Collins, Florida encouraged local school boards to create junior colleges for African-Americans and the nation's first school was later opened in Pensacola. In the mid-1960s, Florida faced a period of desegregation and, as part of the state's desegregation plan, the 12 junior colleges were merged with the newly-created Florida community/junior college system.

More information about the history of Florida's College System can be found at

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
2:45 p.m.

Leon County Civic Center
505 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, Fla.