St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
10 Hildreth Drive
ACCORD Freedom Trail
Although there had been racially integrated schools in St. Augustine in colonial times, when the public school system was established here after the Civil War it was done on a segregated basis, with separate schools for whites and blacks. Florida even had a law making it illegal to store the textbooks for white and black schools in the same warehouse.
In 1954, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in public schools had to end. It was not until 1963, however, that Fullerwood and Ketterlinus became the first schools here to desegregate. The children of two black families who lived in the North City area, the Brunsons and the Robersons, were admitted to the formerly all-white Fullerwood School.
Opposition to integration was intense. In January 1964 while Charles Brunson, an employee of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, was attending a PTA meeting here, his car was set on fire. In October 1963, an unsuccessful attempt had been made to firebomb the home of the Roberson
Fullerwood closed as an elementary school in the 1980s and later housed St. Johns River Community College and the media center for the county public schools. A teacher training session held here in February 2009 brought many people who had participated in the civil rights movement together to share their experiences with those who will teach future generations.
This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2009 by Northrop Grumman
Erected 2009 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD).
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 29° 55.105′ N, 81° 19.287′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Hildreth Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 Hildreth Drive, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least Fullerwood Park Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Mose (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chain Gangs (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gault Street (approx. 0.7 miles away); African Origins (approx. ¾ mile away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. ¾ mile away); Middle Passage (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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