St Augustine Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Official City Recognition
July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To honor this landmark legislation in America's history, the City of St. Augustine and St. Augustine 450th Commemoration are hosting an official ceremony at the Foot Soldiers Monument in the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown St. Augustine at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  


Join us for this event, which includes:

  • Opening remarks by City of St. Augustine Mayor Joseph Boles
  • Prayer by Reverend Thomas DeSue, pastor of St. Paul AME Church in 1968
  • Proclamation reading by Mayor Joseph Boles
  • Remarks by Thomas Jackson, 2014 Commemoration Advisory Council chairman
  • Remarks by Barbara Vickers, 2014 Commemoration Advisory Council member, Foot Soldiers Monument coordinator and Civil Rights veteran
  • Remarks by Robert Hayling, St. Augustine Civil Rights leader 
  • Singing of "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" by Dorothy Edwards, Madeline Holtz and Carol Holtz of the 1964 Mt. Zion AME Church choir
  • Laying of wreath on Foot Soldiers Monument by Mayor Joseph Boles and Barbara Vickers
  • Closing prayer by Father Tom Willis of The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine   
  • Ringing of nearby church bells 50 times