120 DeHaven Street

120 DeHaven Street (HMBQH)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 53.162', W 81° 18.971'

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This house was built in the 1920s and purchased a decade later by Jutson Ayers, who worked as an alligator wrestler for a quarter of a century at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm before his death in 1958. His widow, Mrs. Rena Ayers, gave important support to the civil rights movement of the 1960s by providing lodging for out-of-towners who came here to support the movement.

In March 2005, when she was 100 years old, Mrs. Ayers had a visit from one of those she had hosted 41 years before. He was Alvin J. Bronstein, an attorney who had come to St. Augustine in August 1964 with the idea of spending his two week summer vacation aiding the movement with his legal skills. Instead, he wound up spending the next four years as staff counsel for the Lawyers' Constitutional Defense Committee (LCDC), handling important civil rights cases in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana (including getting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. out of jail in Mississippi). He was one of many people whose lives were deeply influenced by their time in St. Augustine.

On his 2005 return, he walked through the front door of this house pointed to the left and said, "That's my room".

When the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of stamps, commemorating the Freedom Movement in August 2005, Mrs. Ayers was honored as one of the legendary "Housemothers of the Civil Rights Movement" in St. Augustine.

This Historical Marker Presented this 2nd day of July, 2008 by Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Series This marker is part of the Florida: St. Augustine Freedom Trail series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 12:41am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] HALDOCK  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469469 N 3306199
Decimal Degrees29.88603333, -81.31618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.162', W 81° 18.971'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 9.72" N, 81° 18' 58.26" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 De Haven St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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