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

96 Evergreen Avenue

ACCORD Freedom Trail

 
 
Zion Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 6, 2008
1. Zion Baptist Church
Inscription. Zion Baptist Church, with its distinctive double towers, was built in 1921 to house a congregation originally organized in 1886. It is the last house of worship passed by many funerals on their way to several nearby cemeteries, including the one from which the street takes its name: Evergreen.

It was one of the churches where civil rights rallies were held in the 1960's when St. Augustine was the site of a major campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Robert B. Hayling that resulted in the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

One of those who spoke at a rally here was the famous attorney William Kunstler (1919-1995). He was already familiar with St. Augustine, having represented local Freedom Rider Henry Thomas in a 1961 Mississippi case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a poem he wrote later, Kunstler paid tribute to the role played by St. Augustinians in bringing "an evil era to an end," and concluded: "Sometimes it takes the courage of a few, to teach the rest of us just what to do."

This Historic 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.
Zion Baptist Church with Distinctive Double Towers image. Click for full size.
By Mrs. Shirley Williams-Galvin, May 6, 2008
2. Zion Baptist Church with Distinctive Double Towers
This marker is included in the Florida, St. Augustine Freedom Trail, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
 
Location. 29° 53.652′ N, 81° 19.899′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Evergreen Avenue when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 96 Evergreen Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 57 Chapin Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. mile away); 262 West King Street (approx. mile away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.D.W. Smith, Ancient City, Mt. Horeb #20 (approx. 0.3 miles away); 650 Julia Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); 8 Dr. R.B. Hayling Place (approx. 0.4 miles away); 570 Christopher Street (approx. half a mile 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 comments.
1. The ACCORD Freedom Trail Markers
The ACCORD Freedom Trail Phase I Markers were made possible through a generous donation from the Northrop Grumman Corporation who will also be the sole sponsor
96 Evergreen Avenue The Zion Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 19, 2014
3. 96 Evergreen Avenue The Zion Baptist Church
Additional Street View
for Phase II Markers to be unveiled July, 2008. The Freedom Trail was a dream of Mr. David Nolan, local historian who worked diligently to bring the knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement, as pertaining to the Nation's Oldest City, to the forefront. With the dedication of its volunteers, who worked tirelessly to bring recognition and honor to the many heroes and sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine, FL, we say thanks. To the leader of the St. Augustine Movement, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, the Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Souther Christian Leadership Conference, and the many men, women, and teens we give double honor and appreciation for putting their lives and limbs on the line to ensure every citizen is treated fairly under the Constitution of the United States of America.

If one would like to join us in continuing our mission of, "Remembering, Recognizing, and Honoring all those who risked their lives to attain civil rights for all and celebrating St. Augustine's pivotal role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964", please contact us through our website at:

http://www.accordfreedomtrail.org/

Peace & Blessings,

Mrs. Gwendolyn Duncan, President
Mrs. Cora Tyson, Vice-President
Mrs. Barbara Smith, Secretary
Mrs. Audrey Willis, Treasurer
Miss Dalonja Duncan, Financial Secretary
Mr. David Nolan, Historian &Co-Chair
96 Evergreen Avenue Cornerstone of Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, May 19, 2014
4. 96 Evergreen Avenue Cornerstone of Zion Church
Freedom Trail Project
Miss Priscilla Duncan, Co-Chair Freedom Trail Project & Marketing Director
Dr. Robert B. Hayling, Mrs. Shirley Bryce, Mrs. Janie Price, Senior Advisors
Miss Elizabeth Duncan, Webmaster
    — Submitted May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.

 
Additional keywords. St. Augustine Freedom Trail
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
 
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 2,032 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Gwendolyn Duncan of St. Augustine, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2014, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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