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Civil Rights legend recalls time in old Leon County jail

from WCTV Tallahassee

George Firestone Building

Mariel Carbone 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) —It was the starting place of a national movement.

It’s now a vacant building. Crumbling walls, dirty windows and boarded up doors. But for years, it was something much more.

“Many times we’ve lived there,” said Priscilla Stephens Kruize.

The 78-year-old is talking about the old Leon County jail, now known as the Firestone Building, located on Gaines Street in downtown Tallahassee. The site was sold by the Tallahassee Leon County Community Redevelopment Agency to North American Properties for redevelopment.

Plans include a hotel, retail space and more.

Kruize didn’t quite live there. Rather, she was jailed there, numerous times.

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