St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
570 Christopher Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
He was one of the group that convinced the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to come to St. Augustine in the Spring of 1964, and made the trip to Jacksonville to pick up Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the airport.
The Halyards also provided lodging for people who came from around the country to support the civil rights efforts here. One of them was the famous author Sarah Patton Boyle (1906-1994) who wrote the Desegregated Heart (1962) and other books. A Virginian, and a cousin of General George S. Patton, was praised by Dr. King in his celebrated "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" for having written about our struggle in eloquent and prophetic terms."
Boyle was arrested, for the first time in her life, when attempting, as part of a racially integrated group, to be served at the segregated Monson Motel restaurant on the bayfront. She spent several days in the St. Johns County Jail, and later published an article called "Song of a Jailbird." She wote:
This Historical Marker presented this 2nd Day of July, 2008 by: Northrop Grumman
Location. 29° 53.269′ N, 81° 20.04′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Christopher Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 570 Christopher Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); 262 West King Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 0.4 miles away); 57 Chapin Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 96 Evergreen Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Civil Rights • Notable Buildings •
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 991 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 28, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 2. submitted on May 19, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.