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222 Riberia Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
222 Riberia Street Marker at Bethel Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, 2008
1. 222 Riberia Street Marker at Bethel Baptist Church
Inscription. Bethel Baptist Church was founded in 1939 by Rev. William Banks, the former pastor of St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church on Washington Street, and other members from that congregation. Land was acquired on Riberia Street, and the church building constructed in 1943. From its earlier years, the picturesque church, with its distinctive coquina shell-dash stucco finish, has attracted the attention of artists. It became famous around the country through its appearance in many paintings.

In 1963, the church provided meeting space for the NAACP Youth Council, advised by Dr. Robert B. Hayling and Rev. Goldie Eubanks, Sr. which picketed restaurants and lunch counters in the downtown areas that refused service to black people.

When Dr. Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) came to town, in 1964, the civil rights meetings took place at Bethel Baptist Church. A "Freedom School" held here under the direction of Rev. Andrew Young, taught black history and the history of the civil rights movement. Young went on to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, mayor of Atlanta, and President of the National Council of Churches. He returned to St. Augustine in 2004 to take part in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the campaign here that led to the passage of the landmark Civil
222 Riberia Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, 2008
2. 222 Riberia Street Marker
Rights Act of 1964.

This Historic Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2008 by: Northrop Grumman
 
Erected 2008 by The 40th ACCORD, Inc.
 
Location. 29° 53.047′ N, 81° 18.967′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Riberia Street and Lincoln Street on Riberia Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Riberia Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Twine Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 111 Lincoln Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 112 M.L. King Avenue (about 600 feet away); 113 DeHaven Street (about 600 feet away); 120 DeHaven Street (about 700 feet away); 102 M.L. King Avenue (about 700 feet away); 97 M.L. King Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Black Catholic Heritage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil RightsEducationNotable Buildings
 
222 Riberia Street - The Bethel Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
3. 222 Riberia Street - The Bethel Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,130 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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