Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
A Supreme Evening 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Keynote Speaker for A Supreme Evening is
Mr. Gilbert King

Pulitzer prize winning author of the acclaimed book Devil in the Grove that has made a substantial impact on Florida and how we view our Jim Crow past.



You are cordially invited to A Supreme Evening 2020, the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s annual dinner and Florida’s premier judicial event. This year’s evening will live up to the event’s well-earned reputation in the state’s legal community as the “must-attend event” of the year with the return of Gilbert King, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the Groveland Four. His book shines a spotlight on what has been long been considered one of Florida's most grave injustices and a symbol of racism in the Jim Crow South, which led Florida’s Governor and the State’s clemency board to grant full pardons for the four innocent men during his first week in office.


His most recent book, Beneath the Ruthless Sun, is a gripping true story of a small town, in Florida’s own Lake County, with a big secret. Ultimately, unspeakable truths are revealed behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence as a young man’s freedom hung in the balance. A powerful page-turner, the story is rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.


Jeffrey Toobin with New York Times Book Review finds King’s latest book, “Superb… King tells this complex story with grace and sensitivity, and his narrative never flags. His mastery of the materials is complete…” and the Washington Post reported, “Riveting…In ‘Beneath a Ruthless Sun,’ journalist Gilbert King recounts this perplexing story with compassion and a vibrant sense of time and place… [a] sobering but expertly told saga.”



Event Details:

Thursday,  January 30, 2020

     5:30 pm Reception ~ Champion Club Level on 4th Floor

     7:00 pm Dinner and keynote presentation by Gilbert King in the 3rd Floor Ballroom


Event Location             

University Center Club at Doak Campbell Stadium

Florida State University Campus

403 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304


Individual Dinner Tickets are $95 on or before January 15, 2020

After January 15, 2020 are $115 and $135 at the door, if still available


Event and Table Sponsorships are also available. This Annual Dinner is the main fundraiser for the Historical Society. The Society uses these funds to educate the public about the work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms, and to preserve and honor the history of the Supreme Court of Florida.  We invite you to sponsor this event by registering online or submitting a printer friendly Sponsorship Agreement to us by mail, email at admin@flcourthistory.org, 


Please support our efforts by sponsoring or attending the Annual Dinner, and by joining FSCHS.

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Hotel Information for Out-of-town Guests

A block of rooms has been reserved for our out-of-town attendees of the Supreme Evening event. When making a reservation, state you are with the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society for a discounted group rate of $189 a night plus tax.  The reservation cutoff date is January 15, 2020

Hotel Duval, Autograph Collection (Marriott)

415 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Hotel phone number 850-224-6000


                                                  Online room reservations


Please reference group FL Supreme Court Historical Society


A stay at Hotel Duval, Autograph Collection places you in the heart of Tallahassee, within a 10-minute walk to the  Capitol Building and Supreme Court building. This 4-star hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Florida State Capitol Building and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Florida State University.


Rooms are also available at Residence Inn for rates starting at $195 a night plus tax.

Residence Inn

600 W Gaines St

Tallahassee, FL 32304

850-329-9080

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