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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

64 Washington Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Florida State Headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
1. Florida State Headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Inscription. 64 Washington Street was the Florida State Headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during and after the civil rights demonstrations of 1964. SCLC was founded in 1957 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. The first executive director of SCLC was a former St. Augustinian, Dr. John Tilley (1898-1971). He had lived here while serving as president of Florida Normal (later Florida Memorial) College in the 1940s. In charge of the SCLC office here was Mrs. Loucille Plummer (pictured), a nurse who had lost her job because of her civil rights activities.

The building at 64 Washington Street also housed the Roayl Palm Barber Shop of Ernest Wells, one of the civil rights pioneers of St. Augustine, as well as a grocery store operated by Chris Lightburn, the celebrated alligator wrestler who was a co-founder, with jazz musician Doug Carn, of the annual Lincolnville Festival in 1979.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2007 by Northrop Grumman
 
Erected 2007 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.
Freedom Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
2. Freedom Trail Marker
29° 53.322′ N, 81° 18.815′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Washington Street. Touch for map. This marker is directly in front of Historic St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Washington Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (a few steps from this marker); 76 Washington Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 79 Bridge Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 81 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 84 Bridge Street (about 300 feet away); The Oldest Presbyterian Church in Florida (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 600 feet away); 56 Park Place (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  ACCORD Freedom Trail website. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
 
Additional keywords. St. Augustine Freedom Trail
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsHeroesNotable Persons
 
State Headquarters of SCLC in St. Augustine, FL image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin
3. State Headquarters of SCLC in St. Augustine, FL
64 Washington Street image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
4. 64 Washington Street
The building as it appears today- It has been repurposed as the "House of Hope" Mission.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,602 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   4. submitted on May 21, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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