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81 Bridge Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
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By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, February 27, 2011
1. 81 Bridge Street
Inscription. This Victorian house in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood (founded by freed slaves after the Civil War) became a civil rights landmark in 1964. It was a gathering place for people in the movement, where they could meet, rest, seek solace, and get something to eat, courtesy of Mrs. Cora Tyson. By day, she was the cafeteria manager at Webster Elementary School, but she did extra work during her off-hours to support the campaign against racial discrimination.

Those who enjoyed her hospitality obliged her by inscribing their names in her family bible. It read like a "Who's Who" of the civil rights movement, including Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, C. T. Vivian, Dora McDonald, Fred Shuttlesworth, Hosea Williams, and others.

To see that the accomplishments and sacrifices of those who marched and sat-in and knelt-in and swam-in and waded-in (and were often beaten and jailed) were properly honored for their role in changing America and inspiring the world, Mrs. Tyson served in the 21st century as vice president of ACCORD (the Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.).

At a 2008 ceremony at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of her most famous guest, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Tyson remembered how much he enjoyed her iced tea, and told the press
FREEDOM TRAIL Marker Unveiled image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, February 27, 2011
2. FREEDOM TRAIL Marker Unveiled
This ACCORD Freedom Trail Marker was unveiled at the home of Mrs. Cora Tyson, "Housemother to the Civil Rights Movement"
"Dr. King was a Moses."

This Historic Marker is presented this 2nd day of July 2009 by the Northrop Grumman Corporation
 
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, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 29° 53.337′ N, 81° 18.864′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Bridge Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 81 Bridge Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 84 Bridge Street (a few steps from this marker); 79 Bridge Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 64 Washington Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (about 300 feet away); 76 Washington Street (about 400 feet away); Lincolnville Historic District (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 600 feet away); 84 St. Benedict Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
81 Bridge Street Residence image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
3. 81 Bridge Street Residence
As the house appears in May of 2014
81 Bridge Street Residence image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
4. 81 Bridge Street Residence
An additional marker at the house that calls attention to the fact that Dr. King slept at this house during his time in St Augustine.
 
 
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 762 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2011, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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