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

57 Chapin Street

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Former home of Chicago Bears Great, Willie Galimore image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 5, 2008
1. Former home of Chicago Bears Great, Willie Galimore
Inscription. 57 Chapin Street was once the home of Willie Galimore (1935-1964), the most famous athlete to come from St. Augustine. A three-time Pittsburgh Courier All-American football player at Florida A & M University under the legendary coach Jake Gaither, Galimore is now a member of the College Hall of Fame. He played professionally for the Chicago Bears under coach George Halas from 1957 until his tragic death in an auto accident in 1964. He was nicknamed "Galloping Gal" and renowned for his speed. Hall of Fame teammate Doug Atkins said "He was the fastest person I ever saw in a uniform."

Galimore's last visit to St. Augustine, shortly before his death, was to support the civil rights demonstrations taking place here. He made history by becoming the first black person who was able to register as a guest at the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge on U.S. 1 North.

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 marker series.
 
Location. 29° 53.546′ N, 81° 19.757′ W. Marker
Former residence of "Galloping Gal" image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 5, 2008
2. Former residence of "Galloping Gal"
is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Chapin Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57 Chapin Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 262 West King Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 96 Evergreen Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.3 miles away); 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (approx. 0.3 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable PersonsSports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,647 times since then and 170 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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