St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
33 Bernard Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
In the early twentieth century, Dawson Chapel C.M.E., Hurst Chapel A.M.E., and North City Baptist Church were built on Bernard St.
Many residents were active in the civl rights movement of the 1960's, including Eliza Hawthorne, secretary of the NAACP, and Bungum Roberson, treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Another notable resident was Cary White for whom a building was named at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind is named. He was the school's first black graduate.
St. Augustine public schools were segregated until 1963, when 6 black students enrolled in formerly all-white schools. In May, 1964 it was announced that 13 more black students would go to white schools, a majority of them lived on Bernard Street.
This marker is placed here to honor the pioneers of school desegregation who lived on Bernard Street: Rose Etta Washington and Alfred Eugene Davis (who lived in this house), Christopher White, Janet Elizabeth White, Janice
For their courage, they were included in the group that Dr. Martin Luther King hailed as "the heroes of St. Augustine."
This historical marker presented on the 2nd day of July, 2008 by Northrop Grumman.
Erected 2008 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 29° 54.187′ N, 81° 19.17′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Bernard Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 Bernard Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 1910 Mary Peck House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old St. Johns County Jail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chain Gangs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Augustine (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Additional keywords. ACCORD Freedom Trail, ACCORD Northrop Grumman Freedom Trail, Freedom Trail of St. Augustine, FL
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Persons • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,268 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 3. submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 4. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.