St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
94 South Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
This has been the home to the Whites, one of the outstanding families active in the 1963-1964 civil rights movement in St. Augustine. Parents James (a decorated Buffalo Soldier from World War II) and Hattie Lee White both took part in demonstrations and went to jail for freedom in those times. Their son Samuel was one of the "St. Augustine Four"--teenagers who spent six months in jail and reform school after a July 1963 sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter downtown. Mrs. White wrote to NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, "I've never heard of any child being taken away from their parents for wanting his freedom. Have you?" National protests at the injustice by Jackie Robinson and others forced the governor and cabinet of Florida to release the St. Augustine Four in January 1964.
Twin daughters Janice and Jeanette took part in the effort to integrate one of the local white churches. They are featured in Jeremy Dean's movie "Dare Not Walk Alone."
Sons Christopher and Walter Eugene were pioneers in the effort to end racial segregation in St. Augustine's public schools. Son James took part in the wade-ins that garnered international
This marker is erected by ACCORD to honor all of the members of the family for their efforts to make St. Augustine, America, and the world a better place.
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).
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1964.
Location. 29° 52.943′ N, 81° 18.783′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on South Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 94 South 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. Last Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Last Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); 156 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 160 M.L. King Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reverend Goldie M. Eubanks (about 700 feet away); 177 Twine Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Twine Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); 111 Lincoln Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . The ACCORD Freedom Trail. Website homepage (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 2. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.