St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Former St. Johns County Jail
ACCORD Freedom Trail
The demonstrations in St. Augustine, under the leadership of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the two great legislative accomplishments of the movement. Many famous people spent time in this building, including the St. Augustine Four (teenagers who spent six months in jail and reform school for sitting-in at a local lunch counter); Mrs. Mary Peabody, 72-year-old mother of the governor of Massachusetts; author Sarah Patton Boyle; and those who took part in the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history. A veritable Who's Who of civil rights leaders including Dr. King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Hosea Williams, Rev. C. T.
While many notable people came from outside to support the civil rights movement here, the largest number of those arrested were local residents--the "foot soldiers" of the movement--whom Dr. King hailed as "the heroes of St. Augustine." They displayed extraordinary courage in standing up against racial segregation, and their example helped to change America and inspire the world.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
Location. 29° 56.419′ N, 81° 20.178′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Lewis Speedway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4025 Lewis Speedway, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (approx. one mile away); African Origins (approx. one mile away); 10 Hildreth Drive (approx. 1.8 miles away); Nelmar Terrace Historic District (approx. 2.3 miles away); Chain Gangs (approx. 2.4 miles away); Spreading the Wealth Since 1900 (approx. 2½ miles away); The Old St. Johns County Jail (approx. 2½ miles away); Gault Street (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . ACCORD Freedom Trail July Newsletter. This link takes a few moments to download---please be patient (Submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Landmarks •
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 706 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.