ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Entrance to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum located in the Rudcarlee Building. Credit: ACCORD
Exhibits on display at the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. Credit: ACCORD
Dr. Robert B. Hayling (1929 - 2015). Credit: ACCORD
Hayling, King & Young during a press conference during the 1964 Civil Rights Movement actions in St. Augustine. Credit: Frank Murry
Backstory and Context
Hayling organized the Youth Council of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As adviser of the NAACP Youth Council and head of the St. Augustine chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, Hayling had many meetings and planning sessions at his office with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and lawyers who came to support the civil rights efforts, among others. Gordon's widow, Mrs. Rosalie Gordon-Mills (1907-2004) made history in 1965 when she became the first Black woman in 400 years to seek public office in St. Augustine, as a candidate for the City Commission.
The history of the ACCORD museum begins in 2003 with a series of discussions by local residents about how they might honor the anniversary of the St. Augustine Movement of 1964. In that year, national civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s visited St. Augustine to join local leaders in a nonviolent campaign against segregation and discrimination.
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