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Andrew Young Crossing

Peaceful Protest for Civil Rights

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, June 6, 2017
1. Andrew Young Crossing Marker
Inscription. At this location on June 9th, 1964, Civil Rights Movement Leader Andrew Young led a march from Lincolnville to the Plaza de la Constitucion where they met violent opposition. Young had been sent to St. Augustine by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. a close friend and fellow advocate, to organize a peaceful protest for human rights. When Young led the group of demonstrators across the street to this location he was beaten by a large white mob that had been waiting for the marchers to arrive.

Young recalls being struck down several times in the melee. The activists, being true to Dr. King's non-violent strategy walked away. Civil rights historians agree that this was one of the pivotal events that eventually lead to the passage of the Civil Rights legislation. National press coverage of the protests in 1964 helped break Congress' filibuster on the Civil Rights Act vote. On July 2nd, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill into law.
 
Erected 2012 by City of St. Augustine.
 
Location. 29° 53.543′ N, 81° 18.759′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of King Street (Business U.S. 1) and St George Street, on the left
Andrew Young Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, June 6, 2017
2. Andrew Young Crossing Marker
when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); 8-inch Columbiad (a few steps from this marker); Plaza de la Constitución (a few steps from this marker); Trinity Parish Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 31 King Street (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Augustine Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cast Iron Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Public Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2017, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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