St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
79 Bridge Street
ACCORD Freedom Trail
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
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); St. Mary's Missionary Baptist (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 76 Washington Street (about 300 feet away); Record Building (Cordova Apartments) (about 400 feet away); Lincolnville Historic District (about 500 feet away); Canova-Dow and Canova-de Medicis Houses (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of St. Augustine (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.)
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Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Science & Medicine •
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