St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
76 Washington Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
Notable NAACP member, James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was born in Jacksonville and became familiar with St. Augustine at an early age. A modern renaissance man he was a poet, novelist, educator, diplomat, attorney, journalist, and songwriter--most notably of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"--before serving from 1916-1931 as a top official. One thing he did in that position was to arrange a meeting in St. Augustine between civil rights supporters and U.S. President-elect Warren G. Harding in 1921.
In addition, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the celebrated author whose books included Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP, spoke in St. Augustine in 1954.
In the early 1960's, the NAACP, led by President Fannie Fulwood, protested plans to celebrate St. Augustine's 400th birthday on an all-white basis. The NAACP Youth Group organized many demonstrations to
This Historical Marker Presented this 13th day of February, 2009 by Beth E. Levenbach, ACCORD Member, Lansdowne, PA
Erected 2009. (Marker Number 21.)
Location. 29° 53.301′ N, 81° 18.81′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Washington Street when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is situated South of Historic St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church where numerous civil rights rallies were held before demonstrators took to the streets in non-violent protests against segregation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 76 Washington Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (within shouting distance of this marker); 79 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 81 Bridge Street 84 Bridge Street (about 400 feet away); Record Building (Cordova Apartments) (about 400 feet away); 56 Park Place (about 500 feet away); Elk's Rest (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . ACCORD Freedom Trail Project. This link provides information about the Freedom Trail Marker Series. (Submitted on July 28, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Buildings •
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