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Civil rights leader Fort honored at Tampa park's opening

DEMETRIUS FREEMAN | Times

RaChelle Coleman, left, hugs Clarence Fort at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at a new park in east Tampa that Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced will be named in honor of Fort, a local civil rights leader. Fort organized the first lunch counter sit-ins in the Woolworth department store in Tampa in 1960 and went on to serve as the NAACP Youth Council president. He also led the initiative to integrate the workforce of Tampa Transit Lines. A half-mile-long trail at the park encircles an existing retention pond and features eight fitness stations.

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