June 23, 2022

President Biden Signs into Law Rep. Lawson’s Bill to Name the U.S. Postal Service Facility the D. Edwina Stephens Post Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Biden signed into law Rep. Al Lawson’s D. Edwina Stephens Post Office bill (H.R. 2324). The new law names the U.S. Post Office at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee as the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” in honor of the Florida Civil Rights icon’s impact on the Tallahassee community.

Congressman Lawson introduced the legislation to honor the life of Mrs. Stephens. She spent her life advocating for her community and holding elected officials accountable, especially in the historically neglected neighborhoods on Tallahassee’s Southside and in the Greater Bond community. Due to her unfaltering civic engagement, she was known as the “Mother of the Southside.”

“The Southside community adored Edwina Stephens for her work to advance the neighborhood,” Rep. Lawson said. “The opportunity to name the main post office after such a social justice giant is incredible. She was committed to fighting for civil rights and advocating for projects that enhanced the community.”

Mrs. Stephens worked as a registered nurse at Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She was a member of many religious and civic organizations including the Leon County Juvenile Justice Council, Keep Tallahassee/Leon County Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity, Community in Schools Task Force, and the Smith-Williams Foundation Board.

One of Mrs. Stephens many honors include the Florida Finest Award presented by Governor Lawton Chiles.

The bipartisan bill gained support from every Member of Florida’s Congressional Delegation.