St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. Paul A.M.E. Church
85 Central Ave.
— Lincolnville —
“According to HIS Divine Light. To Each Of Us, God Has Given A Talent; Some to Lead, Some to Follow, Some to Build!”
In January 1904, plans were made to build the present church. Rev. E.F. Williams is remembered as architect and builder. He uttered these words at the groundbreaking: “Upon this spot God's church is built and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Thus, the legacy continues: the great models of leaders, believers, and builders propelled this church into the center of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in St. Augustine. It was physically and spiritually appropriate to convene mass meetings here. This was the site of spirited speakers, prominent among them Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his colleagues Rev. Ralph W. Abernathy, Hosea Williams, and Rev. Andrew Young, Executive Director of the S.C.L.C. and Field Marshall Willie M. Bolden. Their fortuitous visit of 1964 fostered the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
From these convenings of hopeful souls for civil equality could be heard exhalations of Christian yearnings, and serene echoes of “We Shall Over Come!”
Erected 2006 by The Civil Rights Memorial Project Committee of St. Augustine.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1904.
Location. 29° 53.208′ N, 81° 18.901′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Avenue and St. Francis Street, on the right when traveling north on Martin Luther King Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 85 Martin Luther King Avenue, 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. Black Catholic Heritage (a few steps from this marker); 84 St. Benedict Street (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (within shouting distance of this marker); 97 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting 102 M.L. King Avenue (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 113 DeHaven Street (about 400 feet away); 120 DeHaven Street (about 500 feet away); 112 M.L. King Avenue (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. The marker says 85 Central Avenue - the street has since been renamed Martin Luther King Avenue.
Also see . . . St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Church website homepage (Submitted on May 23, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 23, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. 2. submitted on April 13, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 3. submitted on May 23, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.