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Florida - St. Augustine: James S. Jackson Interviewee [Part 3]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his interview with James S. Jackson in St. Augustine, Florida. He talks the about the eviction of the protesters' mass meetings from the First Baptist Church by Reverend McKissick. He describes the reaction of the older generation, including his grandmother, to the civil rights movement and demonstrations. Gracie Gardner was a regular participant. They discuss Rosalie Gordon-Mills, wife of Dr. Gordon. She disliked the group making placards on her property, and he finds her very negative. They talk about the night protest marches, which were Hosea Williams' idea. Jackson's grandmother and mother both marched the night Andrew Young was beaten. He discusses the violence inflicted upon the group that night. [15:40 "u2013 Dent and Jackson move to a car. They continue to record and they drive through St. Augustine, pointing out locations of interest.] Jackson discusses the separation between the college [Flagler College?] and the rest of the community. Jackson attended Florida Memorial for two years and lived in New York City for a while, before returning to St. Augustine. He talks about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to St. Augustine and his impressions of King. Jackson to the location of the Ku Klux Klan meeting he had tried to infiltrate when he was kidnapped and beaten. Jackson discusses current issues with the economy and education. He talks about the local technical center, which is one of the best in the state of Florida. They drive on Central Avenue, an area where whites lived. They turn onto Bridge Street, and Jackson points out the black area of town and the location of Dr. Robert Hayling's office, which was owned by Rosalie Gordon-Mills. They drive Washington Street, which was the hub of African American businesses. Jackson points out the old Flagler Hospital. He talks about how "outside agitators" were blamed for the demonstrations. They visit the Little Links, which was the black recreational area in St. Augustine at the time of the demonstrations.
Wind pop in places.
Civil rights demonstration
Dent, Thomas C.
Jackson, James S. (James Sidney), 1944-
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
St. Augustine (Fl.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 149, Item 13, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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