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Florida - St. Augustine: James S. Jackson Interviewee [Part 2]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with James S. Jackson in St. Augustine, Florida. Jackson continues to explain how he became involved in the NAACP and the civil rights movement. He talks about picketing stores in downtown St. Augustine. He talks about who else was involved in the protests: Dr. Robert Hayling, [Grayson?], Reverend Goldie Eubanks, and Cherry Eubanks. Jackson recalls travelling to Jacksonville, Florida for a demonstration. Rev. Eubanks started the sit-ins. Jackson and others were arrested. They worked with a bondsman name Charles Cherry. They were meeting at First Baptist Church at the time, but Reverend McKissick told them to leave. He was arrested for littering while distributing literature in a white neighborhood. They were unsure how to proceed following a Ku Klux Klan meeting in the area, not knowing what the group had planned. Students involved in demonstrations would be expelled from campus. Jackson, Dr. Hayling, and Jimmy Houser decided to try to eavesdrop on the Klan, but were abducted and beaten. He describes the incident and their escape. A white man he met later, who was there as an observer, said he called the police. Jackson talks about the reaction his parents had to the incident. His father wanted to hurt someone, but Jackson insisted that that would harm the nonviolent movement. Jackson was the only one who left the hospital, following the incident. He was frightened. Ernest Wells took him in a car toward the location of the Klan meeting before taking him to the hospital in Jacksonville for x-rays. They were all hospitalized for a week. Some of the Klan members were arrested for the beating, but the victims were never subpoenaed to testify. They were eventually found not guilty. They young people in St. Augustine became disenfranchised by the NAACP due to their lack of action. They became affiliated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC] when Hosea Williams arrived.
Civil rights demonstration
St. Augustine (Fl.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 149, Item 12, Side 2, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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