“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)

262 West King Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

FREEDOM TRAIL Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, March 5, 2011
Leo C. Chase & Son Funeral Home
Inscription. Leo C. Chase, Sr., who had previously managed the Huff Funeral Home in Lincolnville, opened one of the oldest businesses in St. Augustine, this funeral home in 1955. His son, Arnett Chase, took over after his father's death in 1977. Another son, Leo C. Chase, Jr., was the first St. Augustinian killed in the Vietnam War, and a nearby park was named in his honor in 1965.

During the 1960s, this was a place of sanctuary for civil rights activists who were subjected to harassment in St. Augustine. The funeral home's ambulance was used to take marchers to the hospital when they were beaten in the downtown area. Dianne (Mrs. Arnett) Chase took part in the demonstrations that led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

There were many black elected officials in St. Augustine in the decades after the Civil War, but the shooting of black alderman John Papino by a white city marshal during an official meeting in 1902 was the act of terror that put an end to black political office holding for more than 70 years. Arnett Chase made history in 1973 when he was elected to the city commission as the first black elected official in modern times.

In 2008, a Chase limousine went to the Jacksonville airport to pick up the Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, one of Dr. Martin Luther King's closest associates. Vivian returned
FREEDOM TRAIL Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, March 5, 2011
to St. Augustine--where he had been beaten and arrested while leading beach wade-ins and demonstrations in 1964--to address the second annual Freedom Trail Banquet sponsored by ACCORD.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2009 by Northrop Grumman
Erected 2009 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. 29° 53.432′ N, 81° 19.867′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on West King Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 262 West King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (approx. 0.2 miles away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.2 miles away); 57 Chapin Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. mile away); 96 Evergreen Avenue (approx. mile away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); 650 Julia Street (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . .  ACCORD Freedom Trail. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
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