Florida’s First Black Congressman Leaves an Enduring Legacy

Josiah T. Walls
Josiah T. Walls

“Driven from public service by the same white supremacists he had conciliated while in office, Josiah T. Walls fought successfully to have public land set aside near Tallahassee for the establishment of a training school for black students. Initially known as the State Normal College for Colored Students, it later became the Agricultural and Mechanical School, later still the legendary Florida A&M. Marginalized and ignored, Walls passed the final years of life working on the school’s farm.”


Source: Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State by T.D. Allman; Grove Press, 2013, pages 260-261

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Library of Congress


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