Fight for Civil Rights in St Augustine

During the month of February, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument invites Historic City News readers to celebrate Black History Month as they present a new Civil Rights exhibit.

On display from February 1–29, the exhibit will commemorate the Civil Rights Movement in St Augustine and describe the influence our city had on the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“The staff and volunteers of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument would like to thank the St Augustine Historical Society Research Library and the Floyd family of St Augustine for their help in developing these new exhibits and programs,” said Castillo spokesperson Griselle Fuellner.

Included in artifacts of the exhibit, one of the stools from the lunch counter of the former Woolworth’s store on King Street — where one of the nation’s sit-ins took place. Cinematic footage of civil rights activities in St Augustine will be displayed.

Special to the exhibit are living history dramatizations of the Woolworth’s sit-ins presented by volunteer Bernadette Reeves. These dramatizations will take place on Saturdays at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

In addition to the Civil Rights Exhibit at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, visitors can explore the Lincolnville Historic District, a National Register landmark where many Civil Rights Movement events took place.

The fort is open every day from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm with interpretive discussions held on the hour. Historic weapons demonstrations take place on the weekends on the half hour.

Photo credits: © 2012 Historic City News staff photographer

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