St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
97 M.L. King Avenue
ACCORD Freedom Trail
The back section of the building, along Dehaven Street, was added in the mid 1920s. It served first as a pool room, then as a barber shop. The Lincolnville Public Library, under the direction of Mrs. Dorcas B. Sanders, occupied the back section in the 1950s and 1960s.
It was here that Rev. Thomas Wright, pastor of St. Mary's Baptist Church and president of the St. Augustine NAACP, trained students from Florida Memorial College in nonviolent techniques before they began sitting-in at local lunch counters in the 1960s to protest racial discrimination.
This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2007 by: Northrop Grumman
Erected 2007 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. In addition, it is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 2007.
Location. 29° 53.172′ N, 81° 18.89′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and De Haven Street on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 97 ML 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. 102 M.L. King Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Catholic Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 84 St. Benedict Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 112 M.L. King Avenue (about 300 feet away); 113 DeHaven Street (about 300 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 400 feet away); 120 DeHaven Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . ACCORD Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 3,523 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 3. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.