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97 M.L. King Avenue

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Lincolnville Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 6, 2008
1. Lincolnville Public Library
Inscription. 97 Martin Luther King Avenue was built in the 1920s by Frederick E. Martin, a prominent Lincolnville businessman whose name is set in the tile inside the front door. It was a popular confectionery and sundries store under many owners, drawing some of its customers from three neighboring schools: Excelsior, St. Benedict, and the Presbyterian Parochial and Industrial School.

The back section of the building, along Dehaven Street, was added in the mid 1920s. It served first as a pool room, then as a barber shop. The Lincolnville Public Library, under the direction of Mrs. Dorcas B. Sanders, occupied the back section in the 1950s and 1960s.

It was here that Rev. Thomas Wright, pastor of St. Mary's Baptist Church and president of the St. Augustine NAACP, trained students from Florida Memorial College in nonviolent techniques before they began sitting-in at local lunch counters in the 1960s to protest racial discrimination.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2007 by: Northrop Grumman
 
Erected 2007 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD).
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
 
Location.
The Lincolvnille Public Library, DeHaven Street Side image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 6, 2008
2. The Lincolvnille Public Library, DeHaven Street Side
29° 53.172′ N, 81° 18.89′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and De Haven Street on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 M.L. King Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 102 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 84 St. Benedict Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 112 M.L. King Avenue (about 300 feet away); 113 DeHaven Street (about 300 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 400 feet away); 120 DeHaven Street (about 400 feet away); Elk's Rest (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  ACCORD Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Additional keywords. St. Augustine Freedom Trail
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
97 M.L. King Avenue image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
3. 97 M.L. King Avenue
The building today in 2014 is now the "Corner Market."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,751 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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