84 Bridge Street

84 Bridge Street (HMDZP)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 53.348', W 81° 18.86'

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ACCORD Freedom Trail

Trinity United Methodist Church is the oldest congregation in historic Lincolnville and one of the oldest Protestant congregations in Florida. Its origins date to the early American period, in the 1820s, when a Methodist missionary came to St. Augustine and baptized both blacks and whites.

Two earlier church buildings, on Charlotte Street and on St. George Street, housed integrated groups until the Civil War, when the whites withdrew and the congregation became all black. In 1905 the whites tried to reclaim the coquina church on St. George Street. An agreement was reached to sell that building and divide the money, giving rise to the First Methodist Church for whites and Trinity for blacks.

This site on Bridge Street had been an orange grove owned by a free black man named Philip Edinboro under both Spanish Colonial and American Territorial rule. The church acquired it from Ward G. Foster, founder of the famous "Ask Mr. Foster" travel agency. They met in the Foster house, at first, then in 1912 broke ground for the current church building, which was completed in 1913 by contractor S. Clark Edminster. It is one of the great architectural landmarks of the city and has been included on the annual tour of historic churches.

During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Trinity was one of the main churches where rallies were held, in preparation for marches downtown to protest racial discrimination. When marchers were cursed and had bottles thrown at them in the downtown plaza, they made their way back to Trinity for sanctuary. Their courage and determination impressed the world and led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This Historical Marker presented this 2nd day of July, 2008 by:Northrop Grumman
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe 40th ACCORD, Inc
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469649 N 3306542
Decimal Degrees29.88913333, -81.31433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.348', W 81° 18.86'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 20.88" N, 81° 18' 51.60" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 80-84 Bridge St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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