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Gault Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Gault Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
1. Gault Street Marker
Inscription. Gault Street was one of the historically black residential streets in North City. Many residents worked at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Fountain of Youth, laundries and ice plants that were once located in the area.

Three Victorian houses on the west side of the street were built in the 1880's. Most of the houses on the east side of the street were built in the 1920's by Henry Proctor, descendant of one of the famous free black families of colonial Florida whose story is told in the 1992 book Free Men in an Age of Servitude by Lee Warner.

Many Gault Street residents were active in the civil rights movement of the 1960's. When the Roberson family, of what was then 167 Gault Street, sent their sons to integrate previously all-white Fullerwood School, their home was firebombed. Only these brick steps remain as a landmark of the heroism of this family in the cause of equality.

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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
 
Location. 29° 54.515′ 
Only the Steps Remain image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
2. Only the Steps Remain
N, 81° 19.039′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Gault Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 Gault Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 1910 Mary Peck House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (about 500 feet away); The Old St. Johns County Jail (about 500 feet away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (about 500 feet away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (about 700 feet away); Chain Gangs (about 700 feet away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.3 miles 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.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Roberson's home firebombed image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin
3. Roberson's home firebombed
Portrait near the Gault Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Fred Brunson
4. Portrait near the Gault Street Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,469 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on .   2. submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3. submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   4. submitted on , by Fred Brunson of Swan Lake, New York. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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