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Celebrating Black History Month in Florida: First black page in state legislature (1967)

Caption as it appeared in the Times, 1967: First Negro Page--Lofton Moncur, 13-years old became the first Negro to serve as a page in the Florida house. Moncur, serves a cup of coffee to state representative Jess Yarborough (D), Miami, Fla. Moncur is an eight grade Miami student. 1967

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Caption as it appeared in the Times, 1967: First Negro Page--Lofton Moncur, 13-years old became the first Negro to serve as a page in the Florida house. Moncur, serves a cup of coffee to state representative Jess Yarborough (D), Miami, Fla. Moncur is an eight grade Miami student. 1967

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February

For Black History Month, we culled through our archives looking for photos showing various historical "firsts" by African-Americans in Florida. Today's installment features Lofton Moncur, who in 1967 at age 13, became the first black student to be selected to serve as a page during the Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee. This photo shows Moncur (right) assisting state representative Jess Yarborough (D) from Miami. 

During regular sessions of the Florida Legislature, students from all across the state have come to Tallahassee to assist members of the Legislature. 

For more information about becoming a page, please see the Florida Senate website

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 3:41pm]

    

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