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

St. Mary's Missionary Baptist

69 Washington Street

 

“Lincolnville”

 
St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
1. St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Marker
Inscription. This church was founded on May 25, 1875, and led by the inspiring Reverend Ivory Barnes, its first minister. The present edifice, occupied beginning in 1937, has held high the banner of Christ. Inspired in its earliest days by the spirit of The Emancipation Proclamation and The Reconstruction following The Civil War. St. Mary's occupies a unique position at the foot of Lincolnville, and stands tall as a beacon of freedom and hope.

During the era of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in St. Augustine, this church, through the stout-heartedness of its minister and N.A.A.C.P. leader, Rev. Thomas A. Wright, and other local leaders was the site of mass-meetings and a respite for the foot soldiers on the road in the quest for civil and human freedoms. These crusading examples, sustained through St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church ordains it the Birthplace of The Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine.

Presented by The Civil Rights Memorial Projects Committee of St. Augustine, Executive Committee: Gerald Eubanks, Chairman: Bernice Harper, Vice-Chairman: and At-Large Members-(FL) Senator Anthony Hill, Sr., Rev. Willie M. Bolden, Brigadier General Ronald L. Bailey, Michael McQueen.
Erected January 2006

 
Erected 2006 by Civil Rights Memorial
St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray
2. St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church
Projects Committee of St. Augustine.
 
Location. 29° 53.316′ N, 81° 18.806′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Washington Street south of Bridge Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 69 Washington Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 64 Washington Street (a few steps from this marker); 76 Washington Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 79 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 81 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away); 84 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away); 56 Park Place (about 600 feet away); Elk's Rest (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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