2019 Inductees

Henry James Thomas Photo

– I 1941 – Present

Henry “Hank” James Thomas, of Jacksonville, is an American civil rights activist and entrepreneur. Thomas was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders who traveled on Greyhound and Trailways buses through the South in 1961 to protest racial segregation, holding demonstrations…

Charles Ullman Smith photo

Tallahassee, FL I 1926 – 2015

Dr. Charles Ullman Smith, of Tallahassee, was a noted sociologist, civil rights leader and a long-time faculty member of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). In 1948, Smith completed his Ph.D…

Daniel Webster Perkins photo

Elizabeth City, NC I 1879 – 1972

Daniel Webster Perkins, “The Colonel” as he would be affectionately called, settled in Jacksonville after graduating from North Carolina State College, Temple University and Shaw University School of Law. He became one of Florida’s first African American attorneys, after officially passing the…