79 Bridge Street

79 Bridge Street (HM4QH)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 53.344', W 81° 18.845'

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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
HM NumberHM4QH
Series This marker is part of the Florida: St. Augustine Freedom Trail series, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. series.
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469673 N 3306534
Decimal Degrees29.88906667, -81.31408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.344', W 81° 18.845'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 20.64" N, 81° 18' 50.70" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 79 Bridge St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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