St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
113 DeHaven Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
Oscar Turner was active in the civil rights movement, serving as vice president of the St. Augustine NAACP and treasurer of the local chapter of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He made history in the 1960s when he became the first black candidate for public office in St. Augustine since black City Councilman John Papino was shot during a council meeting by white City Marshal Charles Benet in 1902.
Turner ran for the School Board in 1962 and for the City Commission in 1965. Though he did not win either race, his grandson, Errol D. Jones, became St. Augustine's first black elected official in the 21st century when he was elected to the City Commission in 2002. This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2009 by Northrop
Erected 2009 by Northrop Grumman Corporation and ACCORD.
Location. 29° 53.152′ N, 81° 18.952′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of DeHaven Street and School Street on DeHaven Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 DeHaven Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 120 DeHaven Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 102 M.L. King Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 97 M.L. King Avenue (about 300 feet away); Black Catholic Heritage (about 400 feet away); 112 M.L. King Avenue (about 400 feet away); St. Paul A.M.E. Church (about 400 feet away); 84 St. Benedict Street (about 600 feet away); 111 Lincoln Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. The marker was placed to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD)
Also see . . . The ACCORD Freedom Trail. (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Notable Persons •
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 729 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 3. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.