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156 M.L. King Avenue

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
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By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
1. 156 M.L. King Avenue Marker
Inscription.  The house at 156 Central Avenue was built in the 1950's for Mrs. Janie Price, a nurse at Flagler Hospital. She had taken her nurse's training at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in the 1940s and while there had attended dances with students from Morehouse College--one of them a teenager named Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Dr. King came to St. Augustine during the campaign that led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, this was one of the houses where he stayed. Mrs. Price remembered Dr. King and his colleague, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, eating breakfast here before going off to be arrested at the Monson Motor Lodge on the bay front--an event that made international news.

In 1985 the name of Central Avenue was changed to honor Martin Luther King. Many cities have streets named for Dr. King, but this one is special because he actually stayed on it in the course of changing history.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2007 by: Northrop Grumman
 
Erected 2007 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD).
 
Topics and series.
156 M.L. King Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, April 8, 2017
2. 156 M.L. King Avenue Marker
This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsHeroesPeace. In addition, it is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. series lists.
 
Location. 29° 52.914′ N, 81° 18.803′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 156 ML King Ave, 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. 160 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); 94 South Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Last Slave Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Last Slave Cabin (about 300 feet away); Reverend Goldie M. Eubanks (about 500 feet away); 177 Twine Street
156 M.L. King Avenue Residence image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
3. 156 M.L. King Avenue Residence
(about 700 feet 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 . . .  ACCORD Freedom Trail. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 3,363 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 5, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   2. submitted on April 13, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.   3. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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