St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
33 Bernard Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
In the early twentieth century, Dawson Chapel C.M.E., Hurst Chapel A.M.E., and North City Baptist Church were built on Bernard St.
Many residents were active in the civl rights movement of the 1960's, including Eliza Hawthorne, secretary of the NAACP, and Bungum Roberson, treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Another notable resident was Cary White for whom a building was named at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind is named. He was the school's first black graduate.
St. Augustine public schools were segregated until 1963, when 6 black students enrolled in formerly all-white schools. In May, 1964 it was announced that 13 more black students would go to white schools, a majority of them lived on Bernard Street.
This marker is placed here
For their courage, they were included in the group that Dr. Martin Luther King hailed as "the heroes of St. Augustine."
This historical marker presented on the 2nd day of July, 2008 by Northrop Grumman.
Erected 2008 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, and the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1964.
Location. 29° 54.187′ N, 81° 19.17′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Bernard Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 Bernard Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Power! (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mission Nombre de Dios1902 Steam-Powered Tractor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nombre de Dios Mission (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Senator (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (approx. 0.3 miles away); Our Lady of La Leche (approx. 0.3 miles away); Archaeology at the 17th Century Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Leche (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Additional keywords. ACCORD Freedom Trail, ACCORD Northrop Grumman Freedom Trail, Freedom Trail of St. Augustine, FL
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,527 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 3. submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 4. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.