St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Baptist Church of St. Augustine
89 St. Francis Street
During the era of the 1960s and The Civil Rights Movement, the congregation and its pastor, Reverend J.H. McKissick, gave support which allowed mass meetings to be held, engaged the leadership of the N.A.A.C.P., and later, the S.C.L.C. including Dr. Martin Luther King, and the founding of the N.A.A.C.P. Youth Council to take the lead in the local movement. Gerald Eubanks, a local college student, was elected president of the council, and local dentist, Dr. R.B. Hayling, served as advisor. For these pioneering efforts this church is considered the Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine.
Erected June 2006
Erected 2006 by Civil Rights Memorial Projects Committee of St Augustine.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 29° 53.236′ N, 81° 18.874′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of St Francis Street and Dumas Street, on the left when traveling west on St Francis Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 St Francis 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. 84 St. Benedict Street (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Catholic Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); 97 M.L. King Avenue (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elk's Rest (about 500 feet away); 76 Washington Street (about 500 feet away); 102 M.L. King Avenue (about 600 feet away); St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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