St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
1074 W King Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
On March 31, 1964, Mrs. Reed was one of five St. Augustine women who accompanied Mrs. Mary Peabody, the 72 year old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, to the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge on U.S. 1 North. The group sat down in the restaurant there and asked to be served. They were arrested instead.
That event was reported on the front page of newspapers around the country, and from that point on, international attention was focused on the activities in St. Augustine that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Mrs. Reed suffered from polio, but she did not allow that to stop her on the day that she put on her Sunday best and walked off into American history. She told her story to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch when he was in St. Augustine in 1991, but did not live long enough to see his book Pillar of Fire (1998) in which her heroism was celebrated.
This Historic Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July 2008 by Northrop Grumman.
Erected 2008 by Northrop Grumman and the 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 29° 53.378′ N, 81° 21.008′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on West King Street near Webb Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1074 W King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32095, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Johns Railway (approx. ¼ mile away); Florida Memorial University (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 0.6 miles away); 650 Julia Street (approx. 0.9 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. one mile away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. one mile away); 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . The ACCORD Freedom Trail web site. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Heroes • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,345 times since then and 198 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on April 30, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. 2. submitted on April 13, 2009, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.