Former Tallahassee mayor chronicles ‘Black History Firsts’ in new book

“Know your history.” “Know our history.” Those are the words of Dorothy Inman-Johnson as she reflects on why her new book, “Tallahassee’s Black History Firsts: Post-Reconstruction Era” is a “reading must.”

Inman-Johnson, whose service to the city of Tallahassee stretches over almost 40 years is herself one of the book’s profiles of outstanding African Americans who have contributed to the progressive improvement of the city.

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Dorothy Inman-Johnson's "Tallahassee's Black History Firsts, Post-Reconstruction Era" will have its launch at the LeRoy Collins Main Library on Oct.  5.

During her years of community service, in 1986, Inman-Johnson became the first Black person elected to the City Commission. She served in the then rotating capacity of Mayor in 1989, and again in 1993. She was later City Manager of Midway.

Through her efforts, the property that is now Kleman Plaza was purchased by the city, and in 2020, that contribution was recognized with the plaza’s park being renamed in her honor. Inman-Johnson has written three other books dealing with African-American history and city management.

Dot Inman-Johnson has written "Tallahassee's Black History Firsts, Post-Reconstruction Era."

“And then during the pandemic, my friend, Clinita Ford, the wife of James Ford, the first Black mayor of Tallahassee, began to encourage me to write down some historical firsts of African Americans. Every year our Loved by Jesus Family Church would have a dinner recognizing Black people in Education, or Government, or Law and Medicine—and it seemed that it would be a good idea to do the same in the book Clinita was now urging me to write .

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