“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

33 Bernard Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

33 Bernard Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, November 16, 2016
1. 33 Bernard Street Marker
Inscription. Bernard Street is one of three historically black residential streets in the North City area, dating back to the Flagler Era. At the west end of the street were a lumber yard, steam laundry, and ice plant that provided employment. Other residents worked at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Fountain of Youth.

In the early twentieth century, Dawson Chapel C.M.E., Hurst Chapel A.M.E., and North City Baptist Church were built on Bernard St.

Many residents were active in the civl rights movement of the 1960's, including Eliza Hawthorne, secretary of the NAACP, and Bungum Roberson, treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Another notable resident was Cary White for whom a building was named at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind is named. He was the school's first black graduate.

St. Augustine public schools were segregated until 1963, when 6 black students enrolled in formerly all-white schools. In May, 1964 it was announced that 13 more black students would go to white schools, a majority of them lived on Bernard Street.

This marker is placed here to honor the pioneers of school desegregation who lived on Bernard Street: Rose Etta Washington and Alfred Eugene Davis (who lived in this house), Christopher White, Janet Elizabeth White, Janice
Freedom Trail Marker at 33 Bernard Street image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams Galvin, February 24, 2008
2. Freedom Trail Marker at 33 Bernard Street
33 Bernard Street was the residence of two of the first black students to attend desegregated school in 1964. Houses in this historically black neighborhood date back to the Flagler Era.
Marie White, Deanna Debra Brown, Michael Edward Brown, and Walter Eugene White.

For their courage, they were included in the group that Dr. Martin Luther King hailed as "the heroes of St. Augustine."

This historical marker presented on the 2nd day of July, 2008 by Northrop Grumman.
Erected 2008 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 29° 54.187′ N, 81° 19.17′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Bernard Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 Bernard Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 1910 Mary Peck House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old St. Johns County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away);
33 Bernard Street Residence image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
3. 33 Bernard Street Residence
Chain Gangs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Augustine (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Additional keywords. ACCORD Freedom Trail, ACCORD Northrop Grumman Freedom Trail, Freedom Trail of St. Augustine, FL
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable PersonsNotable Places
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   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 November 20, 2016.
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