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1960 Civil Rights Demonstration

 
 
1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
1. 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker
Inscription. On Saturday, August 27,1960, 40 Youth Council demonstrators from the Jacksonville Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) advised by local civil rights leader Rutledge H. Pearson (1929-1967), sat in at the W.T. Grant Department Store, then located at the corner of West Adams and North Main Streets, and at Woolworth's Five and Ten Cent Store on Hogan Street across from Hemming Park. Seeking access to the whites-only lunch counters, the youths were met by 150 white males wielding axe handles and baseball bats. Many of the youths were injured while others sought safety at the adjacent Snyder Memorial Methodist Church. Although not the beginning of the Jacksonville civil rights movement, this conflict was a turning point. It awakened many to the seriousness of the African-American community's demand for equal rights, equal opportunity, human dignity, and respect, and inspired further resolve in supporters to accomplish these goals. Within the decade, lunch counters were integrated, Duval County public schools began to desegregate, four African-Americans were elected to City Council, and segregation of public accommodations, including parks, restrooms, and water fountains ended.
 
Erected 2002 by The Jacksonville Historical Society and The Florida Department
1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker, located in Henning Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
2. 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker, located in Henning Park
of State. (Marker Number F-463.)
 
Location. 30° 19.744′ N, 81° 39.567′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on W Monroe Street near N Hogan Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Memorial 1861-1865 ( within shouting distance of this marker); Jacksonville's 1901 Fire ( within shouting distance of this marker); John Milton Bryan Simpson ( within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Pharmacy Association ( approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Great Endurance Run" ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Seminole War Blockhouse Site ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Sinking of the Maple Leaf ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Florida's First African-American Insurance Company ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Also see . . .  It was never about a hot dog and a Coke! Rodney L. Hurst, Sr,. 2010 (Narrative). (Submitted on August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker, along N Hogan Street at Henning Park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2012
3. 1960 Civil Rights Demonstration Marker, along N Hogan Street at Henning Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 1, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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