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

79 Bridge Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Freedom Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin
1. Freedom Trail Marker
Inscription. The Rudcarlie Building at 79 Bridge Street was built in the 1950's by Dr. Rudolph N. Gordon (1901-1959) and named for the members of his family. Rudolph, Carlotta, and Rosalie. It was the first medical/dental office constructed in St. Augustine without racially segregated waiting rooms.

After Dr. Gordon's death, the office was rented to Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a dentist who became a prominent leader of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. Many of the planning sessions for the movement were held here, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. On one occasion, the owner of a local tourist attraction came to the office with a gun and said he intended to kill Dr. King, "but I can't do it, because when I look at you, I see that you are a God-sent man." Lawyers who came to support the civil rights efforts made this building their headquarters as well. Two of them--Alvin J. Bronstein and Ralph Temple--were honored by ACCORD when they returned to the Ancient City in 2005.

Dr. Gordon's widow, Mrs. Rosalie Gordon-Mills (1907-2004) made history in 1965 when she became the first black woman in 400 years to seek public office in St. Augustine, as a candidate for the City Commission.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2007 by: Northrop Grumman
 
Erected
The Rudcarlie Building image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan, September 11, 2007
2. The Rudcarlie Building
2007 by The 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 29° 53.344′ N, 81° 18.845′ 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: 79 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); 81 Bridge Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 64 Washington Street (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 76 Washington Street (about 300 feet away); Lincolnville Historic District (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (about 700 feet away); Canova-Prince Murat House (about 700 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.
Freedom Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gwendolyn Duncan
3. Freedom Trail Marker
Augustine Freedom Trail

 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducationScience & Medicine
 
79 Bridge Street- Dr. Hayling's Dental Office in 2014. image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 20, 2014
4. 79 Bridge Street- Dr. Hayling's Dental Office in 2014.
 
 
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 2,722 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on May 7, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   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. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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