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Property Name Gaither House
Reference Number 16000268
State Florida
County Leon
Town Tallahassee
Street Address 212 Young Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/18/2016
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The Gaither House is nominated to the National Register for local significance under Criteria A and B for the home's association with Alonzo "Jake" Gaither, and Entertainment/Recreation and Ethnic Heritage: Black. Gaither coached Florida Agriculture & Mechanics University (FAMU) football program into a nationally successful collegiate team. Gaither used his athletic program as a way to promote civil rights for African American during the years of enforced segregation in the South. His football team played the first integrated collegiate football game in the South against the University of Tampa in 1969, and won. Noted political and community leaders often sought his advice and many prominent African-American and white sports and public figures frequented the Gaither home during the Civil Rights era. The period of significance is 1954, the year the house was built, until 1970, when schools in Leon County were integrated.

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