“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)

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. Frederick Douglass Marker
Inscription. On this site, where the "Genovar Opera House" once stood, Frederick Douglass spoke to the residents of St. Augustine on Sunday, April 7, 1889.

Born into slavery in 1818, Douglass rose in the pre-Civil War years to become a leading exponent of the abolitionist cause and in the nineteenth century a tireless advocate for the African-American community and civil liberties in general. A personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, Douglass played a vital role in persuading the President to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Douglass traveled to St. Augustine from Jacksonville in a special railroad car provided by the Jacksonville and St. Augustine Railroad Company. He was given a reception here attended by an estimated 700 citizens, according to the Florida Times-Union newspaper, "including prominent people of both races." Douglass was introduced by the Mayor of St. Augustine, William W. Dewhurst, who welcomed him on behalf of the Governor of Florida. An inspiring orator, Douglass spoke about the continuing struggle of African Americans to achieve civil rights in the post-Emancipation Era. At the close of Douglass's remarks, the audience rose to sing a national anthem, after which the crowd dispersed and Mr. Douglass left on the afternoon train to Jacksonville.

The Genovar Opera House burned in the great fire of April
Frederick Douglass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Frederick Douglass Marker
2, 1914.
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
Location. 29° 53.653′ N, 81° 18.771′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on St. George Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. St. George's Street is closed to vehicle traffic. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sanchez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Peck House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish Dragoon Barracks (about 500 feet away); Remnant of Rodriguez Arsian House (about 500 feet away); Triay-Hall House (about 600 feet away); Plaza de la Constitución (about 600 feet away); 8-inch Columbiad (about 600 feet away); Grace United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. African Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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