81 Bridge Street

81 Bridge Street (HMR9Q)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 53.337', W 81° 18.864'

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ACCORD Freedom Trail

This Victorian house in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood (founded by freed slaves after the Civil War) became a civil rights landmark in 1964. It was a gathering place for people in the movement, where they could meet, rest, seek solace, and get something to eat, courtesy of Mrs. Cora Tyson. By day, she was the cafeteria manager at Webster Elementary School, but she did extra work during her off-hours to support the campaign against racial discrimination.

Those who enjoyed her hospitality obliged her by inscribing their names in her family bible. It read like a "Who's Who" of the civil rights movement, including Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, C. T. Vivian, Dora McDonald, Fred Shuttlesworth, Hosea Williams, and others.

To see that the accomplishments and sacrifices of those who marched and sat-in and knelt-in and swam-in and waded-in (and were often beaten and jailed) were properly honored for their role in changing America and inspiring the world, Mrs. Tyson served in the 21st century as vice president of ACCORD (the Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc.).

At a 2008 ceremony at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of her most famous guest, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Tyson remembered how much he enjoyed her iced tea, and told the press "Dr. King was a Moses."

This Historic Marker is presented this 2nd day of July 2009 by the Northrop Grumman Corporation
HM NumberHMR9Q
Series This marker is part of the Florida: St. Augustine Freedom Trail series, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. series.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe 40th Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 5:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469643 N 3306521
Decimal Degrees29.88895000, -81.31440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.337', W 81° 18.864'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 20.22" N, 81° 18' 51.84" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 81 Bridge St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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