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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

156 M.L. King Avenue

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Housemother to the Civil Rights Movement image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
1. Housemother to the Civil Rights Movement
Inscription. The house at 156 Central Avenue was built in the 1950's for Mrs. Janie Price, a nurse at Flagler Hospital. She had taken her nurse's training at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in the 1940s and while there had attended dances with students from Morehouse College--one of them a teenager named Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Dr. King came to St. Augustine during the campaign that led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, this was one of the houses where he stayed. Mrs. Price remembered Dr. King and his colleague, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, eating breakfast here before going off to be arrested at the Monson Motor Lodge on the bay front--an event that made international news.

In 1985 the name of Central Avenue was changed to honor Martin Luther King. Many cities have streets named for Dr. King, but this one is special because he actually stayed on it in the course of changing history.

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, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 29° 52.914′ 
156 M.L. King Avenue Residence image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
2. 156 M.L. King Avenue Residence
N, 81° 18.803′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 156 M.L. King Ave., Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 160 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 94 South Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Reverend Goldie M. Eubanks (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 177 Twine Street (about 700 feet away); Twine Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); 111 Lincoln Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 222 Riberia Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 112 M.L. King Avenue (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  ACCORD Freedom Trail. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsHeroesPeace
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,512 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   2. 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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