St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
5480 Atlantic View
ACCORD Freedom Trail
SCLC staffers Dorothy Cotton, Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Harry Boyte visited or stayed here, but Dr. King had not yet spent a night in the house when the local newspaper ran directions to it on the front page, and segregationists attacked it. They shot up the house on May 28, 1964, and then attempted to burn it on May 30. On June 8, they smashed the windows and furniture, painted racist graffiti inside, and firebombed it. All of these events were widely reported around the country, and increased public pressure to do away with racial segregation.
Dr. Canright passed away the
Gay and Kathleen Welborn from Gainesville, Florida, put the heavily damaged house back into livable condition. They made their home here while running businesses on St. George Street in downtown St. Augustine. Mrs. Welborn was also a nurse at Flagler Hospital. When she passed away in 2009 at the age of 93, she was the senior member of the local Altrusa Club.
This house has been featured, as a civil rights landmark, in newspaper stories, books, television programs, and in Clennon King's 2004 movie "Slave Market Diary."
Erected 2009 by Northrop Grumman Corporation and ACCORD.
Location. 29° 47.61′ N, 81° 15.611′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Atlantic View Avenue north of Sea Oats Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5480 Atlantic View Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32080, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Augustine Beach Wade-Ins (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fort Matanzas National Monument (approx. 5.7 miles away); Massacre of the French (approx. 6 miles away); Old Spanish Quarries (approx. 6.2 miles away); Lighthouse and Keepers House (approx. 6.6 miles away); Sentinels of the Coast (approx. 6.6 miles away); St. Augustine on Anastasia Island (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Powder House Lot / St Johns County (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. This marker was placed on the 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD)
Also see . . .
1. The ACCORD Freedom Trail. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
2. Hidden History. A list of Civil Rights historic sites in St. Augustine of which some have been placed with historical markers. (Submitted on March 7, 2011.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.