Leon County JailLeon County Jail circa 1937 or 1938. Florida State Archives / Florida Memory. Public Domain. See: https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34685,
The Leon County Jail was constructed in 1937 at a cost of $100,000, replacing an older jail located immediately adjacent. The new facility was segregated by gender, proving spaces for 72 men and 26 women. The jail featured common areas on the lower level, and included its own laundry, hospital ward, and living quarters for the jailer.
The jail was designed by the prominent Tampa architect, Malachi Leo Elliot, working with contractor T. A. Monk. This same team concurrently designed and built the PWA-funded Leon High School, which was completed in early 1937. Today Leon High School, as well as several other buildings completed by Elliot and Monk, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The former Leon County Jail is significantly associated with arrests that occurred in Tallahassee during the early1960s following peaceful protests against Jim Crow segregation. The building was also associated with the lynching of two African American teenagers during the 1930s.
Currently the building is threatened by demolition as part of a redevelopment agency project.
See historical report:
Jonathan Lammers, Brief History of the Firestone & Bloxham Annex Buildings (Former Leon County Jail, Leon County Health Unit and W.P.A. District, Headquarters), April, 2017, (https://cascadesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/Firestone-and-Bloxham-Annex-Buildings-Historical-Report.pdf), accessed October 26, 2017.
Project originally submitted by Jonathan Lammers on October 26, 2017.
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