650 Julia Street

650 Julia Street (HMR9L)

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

N 29° 53.722', W 81° 20.237'

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ACCORD Freedom Trail

This house was built in 2008 by Habitat for Humanity for one of the Ancient City's civil rights heroes, Audrey Nell Edwards. Along with JoeAnn Anderson Ulmer, Samuel White, and Willie Carl Singleton, she was one of the "St. Augustine Four." As young teenagers, they were arrested for seeking service at the segregated lunch counter of the local Woolworth store on July 18, 1963, and spent the next six months in jail and reform school when they refused to sign a statement for the County Judge that they would no longer take part in civil rights demonstrations. Their case attracted national attention as an example of injustice, and pressure from around the country finally forced the governor and cabinet of Florida to free them in January 1964. They had missed Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, but they had shown that the civil rights movement could not be crushed. The St. Augustine Four were praised for their steadfastness by Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (who called them "my warriors").

A block north of here is historic Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place for many prominent African Americans. Among them is Miss Cuter Eubanks (1927-1985) whose arrest with Mrs. Mary Peabody, the 72-year-old mother of the governor of Massachusetts, at the Ponce de Leon Motor Lodge was front-page news across the country in 1964. Willie Carl Singleton and Samuel White, two of the St. Augustine Four, are buried there, as are civil rights activists Loucille Plummer and Gertrude Bias.

The movement in St. Augustine led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd Day of July, 2009 by Northrop Grumman
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HM NumberHMR9L
Series This marker is part of the Florida: St. Augustine Freedom Trail series
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Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD)
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 467435 N 3307238
Decimal Degrees29.89536667, -81.33728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.722', W 81° 20.237'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 43.32" N, 81° 20' 14.22" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 650 Julia St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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