“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

10 Hildreth Drive

ACCORD Freedom Trail

10 Hildreth Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, March 5, 2011
1. 10 Hildreth Drive Marker
Inscription. Fullerwood School was built in 1927 and is the only example in St. Augustine of the work of noted architect A. Ten Eyck Brown (1878-1940), famed for his courthouses, banks, and city halls in New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta. His name is on the cornerstone of the building.

Although there had been racially integrated schools in St. Augustine in colonial times, when the public school system was established here after the Civil War it was done on a segregated basis, with separate schools for whites and blacks. Florida even had a law making it illegal to store the textbooks for white and black schools in the same warehouse.

In 1954, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools had to end. It was not until 1963, however, that Fullerwood and Ketterlinus became the first schools here to desegregate. The children of two black families who lived in the North City area, the Brunsons and the Robersons, were admitted to the formerly all-white Fullerwood School.

Opposition to integration was intense. In January 1964 while Charles Brunson, an employee of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, was attending a PTA meeting here, his car was set on fire. In October 1963, an unsuccessful attempt had been made to firebomb the home of the Roberson
10 Hildreth Drive Marker and The Fullerwood School image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, March 5, 2011
2. 10 Hildreth Drive Marker and The Fullerwood School
family. A second attempt in February 1964 succeeded, and today a Freedom Trail marker on Gault Street shows where only the brick steps of the house survive. Bungum Roberson, father of the children who helped break the racial barrier at Fullerwood, was fired from his job at the local Ford dealership in retaliation for his civil rights activities.

Fullerwood closed as an elementary school in the 1980s and later housed St. Johns River Community College and the media center for the county public schools. A teacher training session held here in February 2009 brought many people who had participated in the civil rights movement together to share their experiences with those who will teach future generations.

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° 55.105′ N, 81° 19.287′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Hildreth Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Hildreth Drive, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least
The Fullerwood School (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 20, 2017
3. The Fullerwood School (wide view)
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fullerwood Park Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Mose (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chain Gangs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gault Street (approx. 0.7 miles away); African Origins (approx. ¾ mile away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. ¾ mile away); Middle Passage (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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