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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
1074 W King Street
Freedom Trail
 
1074 W King Street Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Gwendolyn Duncan, February 24, 2008
1. 1074 W King Street Marker
 
Inscription. This was the home of Mrs. Georgie Mae Reed (1926-1995), who took part in one of the most famous events in the civil rights movement that changed America and inspired the world.

On March 31, 1964, Mrs. Reed was one of five St. Augustine women who accompanied Mrs. Mary Peabody, the 72 year old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, to the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge on U.S. 1 North. The group sat down in the restaurant there and asked to be served. They were arrested instead.

That event was reported on the front page of newspapers around the country, and from that point on, international attention was focused on the activities in St. Augustine that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Mrs. Reed suffered from polio, but she did not allow that to stop her on the day that she put on her Sunday best and walked off into American history. She told her story to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch when he was in St. Augustine in 1991, but did not live long enough to see his book Pillar of Fire (1998) in which her heroism was celebrated.

This Historic Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July 2008 by Northrop Grumman.
 
Erected 2008 by Northrop Grumman and the 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD)
 
Mrs. Georgie Mae Reed leaving the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge Photo, Click for full size
By David Nolan, 1964
2. Mrs. Georgie Mae Reed leaving the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge
1074 West King Street was the home of Mrs. Georgie Mae Reed (1926 - 1925) who took part in one of the most famous events in the civil rights movement that changed America and inspired the world. Mrs. Reed was one of the five St. Augustine women arrested in 1964 at the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge with Mrs. Mary Peabody, mother of the Governor of Massachusetts.
 
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
 
Location. 29° 53.378′ N, 81° 21.008′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on West King Street near Webb Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1074 W King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32095, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Johns Railway (approx. mile away); Florida Memorial University (approx. 0.3 miles away); 650 Julia Street (approx. 0.9 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. one mile away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. one mile away); 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (approx. 1.1 miles away); 262 West King Street (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  The ACCORD Freedom Trail web site. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then. Last updated on May 19, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on April 30, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   2. submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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