Andrew Young Crossing

Andrew Young Crossing (HM20ZD)

Location: Saint Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 53.543', W 81° 18.759'

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Peaceful Protest for Civil Rights

At this location on June 9th, 1964, Civil Rights Movement Leader Andrew Young led a march from Lincolnville to the Plaza de la Constitucion where they met violent opposition. Young had been sent to St. Augustine by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. a close friend and fellow advocate, to organize a peaceful protest for human rights. When Young led the group of demonstrators across the street to this location he was beaten by a large white mob that had been waiting for the marchers to arrive.

Young recalls being struck down several times in the melee. The activists, being true to Dr. King's non-violent strategy walked away. Civil rights historians agree that this was one of the pivotal events that eventually lead to the passage of the Civil Rights legislation. National press coverage of the protests in 1964 helped break Congress' filibuster on the Civil Rights Act vote. On July 2nd, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Bill into law.
HM NumberHM20ZD
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCity of St. Augustine
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Date Added Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469813 N 3306901
Decimal Degrees29.89238333, -81.31265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.543', W 81° 18.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 32.58" N, 81° 18' 45.54" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 171-187 St George St, Saint Augustine FL 32084, US
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