Welcome to the ACCORD Freedom Trail Website
The Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (BKA, The 40th ACCORD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization envisioned in 2002, established in 2003, and incorporated in 2004.
Our Mission is "Remembering, Recognizing, and Honoring all those who risked their lives to attain civil rights for all and celebrating St. Augustine's pivotal role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964." We are excited to introduce the 31 historic civil rights markers on the ACCORD Freedom Trail Project presented by The Northrop Grumman Corporation and one by ACCORD Member, Beth Levenbach of Lansdowne, PA.
ACCORD would like to extend our gratitude to The Northrop Grumman Corporation, Beth Levenbach, The Old Town Trolley, Photographer Shirley Williams-Collins, the St. Augustine RECORD, Flowers By Shirley, St. Paul AME Church, American Legion Post 194, The First Baptist Church, and EWLI for their continued support!
Brochures for the Freedom Trail's self-guided tour are available at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center in Downtown, St. Augustine, Florida.
Want to help us continue our mission of remembering, recognizing, and honoring the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine? Send your tax deductible donation, in any amount or ACCORD Membership in the amount of $25 per person, per year, made payable to: ACCORD, Inc. and mail to:
For more information on how you, your business, or your organization can get involved, send us an EMAIL today! We are always looking for new members, volunteers, and sponsors. Please click HERE for ACCORD meeting dates and times. All our welcome!
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Florida Humanities Council Teachers' Workshop Participants Visit ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Over three dozen teachers from around the State of Florida visited the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum as part of the Florida Humanities Council Teaching Florida Program in St. Augustine. The 5-day Workshop gave participants the opportunity to learn about Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement.The Workshop was coordinated by Keith Simmons. One of the teachers from Escambia County, Nichole West, commented, "This museum is small, but holds such great significance to the Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine. From the moment you walk in you feel the presence of such influential people as Dr. Hayling, Mrs. Peabody, and Dr. King. I know it is just beginning, but I can't wait to see what else will be done to this wonderful establishment".
Dr. Robert B. Hayling Receives FDA Special Recognition Award
Dr. Robert B. Hayling, D.D.S., !st Lt. USAF Ret. and leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement received a Special Recognition Award from the Florida State Dental Association, at their 2015 Convention, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL, on June 13th at their Awards Luncheon. Many friends, family, and supporters attended this event. Click Here to view pictures.
The Palm Coast African American Cultural Society Honors Ten with the Phenominal Woman Award
Gwendolyn Duncan, President Emeritus of the Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (ACCORD) was chosen as one of ten recipients of the 2015 Phenominal Woman Award. The Ceremony was held on June 12th. Click HERE for more information.
TEENS WIN SCHOOL AND COUNTY FAIR FIRST PLACE AWARDS FOR EXHIBIT ON THE ST. AUGUSTINE FOUR
Two young Middle School Teens from Ormond Beach did research on the St. Augustine Four, a group of courageous teens arrested and sent to reform school for a "Sit-In" at the St. Augustine Woolworth Lunch Counter in 1963. The teens came by the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum seeking more knowledge about the St. Augustine Civi Rights Movement. The teens left so inspired and did an exhibit: winning first place on the school and county fair levels. The teens made a return visit to take pictures of the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum and to share their good news. Their exhibit will now move on to the State Level. We wish them well.
CRM DONATIONS APPRECIATED
While volunteering with the NGC Task Force at the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, Mr. Eric Mitchell of J & J saw the need for more media equipment and supplied the Museum's need. Many thanks to Mr. Mitchell for his benevolence. We greatly appreciate the volunteer service installation of equipment by Mr. Tim Johnson also of J & J. Great job guys!
THANK YOU NGC TASK FORCE VOLUNTEERS FOR HELPING TO PRESERVE HISTORY
Many thanks to Mr. Mose Countryman & the Northrop Grumman African American Task Force Volunteers for their service in helping to preserve the Echo House Find Documents during their Volunteer Service Day at the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. Special thanks also to Mr. Eric Mitchell of J & J for pitching in to help. On hand was Dr. Robert B. Hayling giving everyone some first hand accounts of his experiences during the 1963 -`64 Civil Rights Movement.
SAY IT LOUD BOOK CLUB MEETS AT ACCORD CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
ACCORD Civil Rights Museum is the site of the Say It Loud Book Club Meetings. The Group was founded January 2015 by Pastor Ron Rawls of St. Paul AME Church. Meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month.
David Nolan Conducts Freedom Trail Tour for Dupont Group
Local Historian and Author David Nolan narrated a tour of the ACCORD Freedom Trail, on the Old Town Trolley, for the Dupont Group Members out of Jacksonville, FL. Kudos to David for sharing the history of the American Civil Rights Movement with visitors to the Nation's Oldest City.
Dr. Robert B. Hayling Donates More Artifacts to Museum
Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Robert B. Hayling donated many pictures, magazines, awards, and newspaper clippings to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. These artifacts will be put on display for the public to view in the very near future.
ACCORD VP, Mrs. Cora Tyson Receives EWLI AWARD
Congratulations, Mrs. Cora Tyson, Vice President of ACCORD, Inc. and Housemother to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine, a 2015 recipient of the Enterprising Women in Florida Leadership International Women's Day Award. The ceremony was held on March 10th, 2015 at the Marsh Creek Golf & Country Club, St. Augsutine Beach, FL.
ACCORD Museum Seeks Partnerships with St. Johns and Duval County Schools for Student Visitations
On January 20th, 2015, Erica Bennett of Action News Jax did a story to find out why the pleas from Mr. Richard P. Burton, Sr., Financial Director for the ACCORD Commemorative Civil Rights Museum, to school Superintendents of Duval & St. Johns County School Districts to allow students to visit the museum has fallen on deaf ears. Click HERE for news coverage.
Atlanta Activist Rev. Willie Bolden, Professors, and Students Visit ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Civil Rights Activist and SCLC Organizer, Rev. Willie Bolden visited the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum on January 3, 2015 with numerous students and professors from Atlanta, GA. They were given a guided tour by Elizabeth Duncan. She also took the group over to meet Mrs. Cora Tyson, "Housemother" to the Civil Rights Movement. This was an added treat. Click HERE to view pictures.
Please call Liz to schedule an appointment to visit the ACCORD Commemorative Civil Rights Museum at (904) 347-1382. Individuals and Groups welcome. FREE Admission. Donations always appreciated.
Civil Rights Documentaries Available for Viewing at ACCORD Museum
One may schedule a Date/Time for small groups to View "St. Augustine Fountain of Dissent", "Crossing In St. Augustine" by Andrew Young Presents, or "DARE NOT WALK ALONE" by Jeremy Dean at the ACCORD 1960s Commemorative Civil Rights Museum by calling Liz (904) 347-1382. Limited Seating.
ACTIVIST NOSE BROKEN During St. Augustine Beach Wade-In
Cynthia Mitchell was only 14 years of age, but she wanted to Demonstrate. She asked her mother if she could participate in the St. Augustine Beach Wade-In with Miss Dorothy Cotton, Director for S.C.L.C. Citizenship Education Program (CEP). Rev. Hosea Williams told her mom that he would protect her and that everything would be alright. But, what happened during that Wade-In put her in the hospital for four days. 50 years later, hear Dr. Cynthia Mitchell Clarke's Story, In Her Own Words, by clicking HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Video Clips of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in San Diego, CA Donated to ACCORD, Inc.
On May 28th, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s cottage which he rented on the Beach in St. Augustine, FL came under rifle and shotgun attack. No one occupied the building that night being pre-warned of an imminent attack. Dr. King was in San Diego, CA on May 29th, 1964 and is seen commenting on the attack. Click HERE to view the video, courtesy of CBSNEWS 8, David Gotfredson, Senior Producer/Special Projects. An ACCORD Freedom Trail Marker is located at this site. Please click HERE for more information. To view the other donated video interview of Dr. King in San Diego, CA on June 15th, 1962, speaking about the Movement across the Southern States, click HERE.
Rights Museum Plea for Artifact Donations Answered
Hundreds of artifacts in the form of memorabilia, letters, books, documents, receipts, and other items were donated to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum since a plea went out by Minister Richard P. Burton, museum fundraising chair, on Action News Jax that the museum was in need. With sincere gratitude and thanfulness to Rev. Ron Rawls, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church and Mrs. Shirley Williams-Collins for the Echo House treasures: a sheer delightful experience to say the least.
A hearfelt thanks also to Mrs. Janie Price, "Housemother to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine" for her donations to the museum. A special thanks to David Nolan and Darien King for donating their time, resources, and period furniture for the museum. The most recent treasures will be documented and catalogued before being put on display in the museum or online. God's continued blessings to each and everyone for your thoughtfulness and generosity, in Jesus Christ Name.
Dr. Robert B. Hayling Donates Artifact to Civil Rights Museum
Dr. Robert B. Hayling, stopped by the Rudcarlie Building, his former dental office, located at 79 Bridge Street on Monday, September 29th, 2014 to donate an artifact to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. The artifact will be announced and displayed at a later date. This artifact is over 50 years old and we are so elated to have it as part of our collection. Click HERE for pictures of Dr. Hayling at the museum.
Dr. Robert B. Hayling Attends Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Florida
Leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement Dr. Robert B. Hayling was a panelist at the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Panelists included Dr. David Colburn, Professor/Author Mr. Charles E. Cobb, and Author Mr. Rodney Hurst. Click HERE for more information.
California Attorney Donates Artifact and Pictures to ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
During his first year of law school (’63-‘64) at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, CA, Lorenzo Eric Chambers heard about the recently created Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSRRC), which involved 15 law schools, including his. The LSRRC was planning a summer internship program for the South. About 60 law students from these schools were selected to be 1964 summer interns.
Lorenzo applied and was accepted into the program. He was sent to St. Augustine to help volunteer lawyers with the various civil rights cases they were handling. While in St. Augustine, he acquired a SCLC poster which hung in his practice and after retirement in his study. Lorenzo, donated the poster and a few pictures he had taken in 1964 to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. To read more about Attorney Chambliss' experiences, click HERE.
Thank You for your Volunteerism and Contributions
A Heartfelt thank you to the Miles Family of Washington, DC, the many Donors who made monetary contributions, In-Kind Donors, and the numerous volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help rehabilitate the Rudcarlie Building at 79 Bridge Street: former dental office of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, and now the ACCORD 1960s Commemorative Civil Rights Museum. Special thanks also to everyone who helped out with the 8th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, commemorating the 50th Anniversary signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. We appreciate you all so very much.
Volunteers Needed at ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Volunteers are needed to "keep the doors open" at the ACCORD Commemorative 1960s Civil Rights Museum located at the Rudcarlie Building, 79 Bridge Street. Please call Liz if you have some spare time and would like to help out. (904) 347 1382. Critical $s are also needed also. Please make your tax deductible donations payable to: ACCORD CRM, and mail to P O Box 697, St. Augustine, FL 32085---0697 Donations in any amount are appreciated.
Northrop Grumman Sponsors Two High School Summer Interns for ACCORD Civil Rights Museum
Tamia Adkinson and Jarell James two high school students, who came highly recommended by their Principals, learned about the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine and earned a nice salary during an 8-week summer internship program at the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. To Read More, Click HERE.
ACCORD Sponsored Civil Rights Hall of Fame Trip To Tallahassee on May 14th, 2014
The Bus sponsored by ACCORD, Inc. to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame Ceremony, in Tallahassee, is filled to capacity. Those on the waiting list will be notified if an opening occurs between now and May 12th. If anyone is driving on their own and interested in giving someone else a ride, please contact Gwen, via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Please pray for good weather and traveling mercies for all those who will be making the trip with us or on their own.
8th ANNUAL FREEDOM TRAIL LUNCHEON, 2014
The 8th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon commemorating the 50th Anniversary signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be held on July 2, 2014 @ 11:30 AM, at the historic Ponce de Leon Dining Hall, on the beautiful campus of Flagler College. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. David Colburn of the University of Florida. Guest Speaker an Activist of the 1964 Movement, TBA. Tickets are $45 per person, $400/8seat and $500/10seat Corporate Tables available. Please call Lorraine (904) 217 7999 or Liz (904) 347 1382
"PAINT DAYS" Scheduled for 79 Bridge Street
Volunteers from the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Saint Augustine Plant will volunteer and paint the inside walls of the Rudcarlie Building located at 79 Bridge Street: the future site of the up and coming ACCORD Civil Rights Museum on February 7th & 8th. Call Liz for more information (904) 347-1382
Dr. Robert B. Hayling chosen to receive the 2014 Florida State Fair Minority Community Leader Wall of Fame Award.
On Saturday, February 8, 2014 Dr. Robert B. Hayling will receive the 2014 Florida State Fair Minority Community Leader Wall of Fame Award at the Waterfront Cafe in Tampa, FL Click HERE for more information
Dr. Robert B. Hayling to be Inducted Into the Florida State Civil Rights Hall of Fame
On January 30, 2014 Governor Rick Scott chose three recipients to be inducted into the Florida State Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Dr. Robert B. Hayling leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement along with A. Philip Randolp and James Weldon Johnson. Click HERE for more information
ACCORD Open House A Success
An Open House preview of the upcoming ACCORD Civil Rights Museum was held on January 20, 2014. Click HERE for information
Groups Unite for Museum Project
ACCORD, Inc. and the Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine, Inc. unite to bring to fruition a Civil Rights Museum to commemorate the 1960s Movement of St. Augustine led by Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Wright, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Click HERE for details. To volunteer, click HERE.
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Activist Delores Miller Parks' Story Featured in Wells Fargo Newsletter: Teamworks
Delores Miller Parks along with others participated in a 1963 Sit-In at the Woolworth Lunch counter in the Nation's Oldest City. A Mural was recently unveiled at 33 King Street: the new location of the downtown branch of the Wells Fargo Bank which depicts that and other civil rights activities during that turbulent time of the 1960s civil rights movement. Please click HERE to read the article recently published in the Wells Fargo Bank Newsletter: Teamworks.
ACCORD Commemorates the 49th Anniversary of the Signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964
Activist Joanne Willis is Keynote Speaker and Dr. Robert B. Hayling Receives the 'Order of La Florida' Award at ACCORD 7th Annual Freedom Trail Luncheon
A packed house gathered at the Casa Monica Hotel on July 2, 2013 to hear Joanne Willis, former native St. Augustinian and resident of Indianapolis, Indiana tell of her heart wrenching experiences as a teenage activist.
The Mayor and City Commissioners of the St. Augustine Florida presented the highest honor to Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Robert B. Hayling at the ACCORD 7th Annual Freedom Trail Luncheon commemorating the signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and honoring the Heroes and Sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement of the Nation's Oldest City. click HERE to read more
7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, July 2, 2013
1964 St. Augustine Civil Rights Activist, Joanne Willis, of Indianapolis, Indiana is the Keynote Speaker for the 7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon. The lunchon will be held at the beautiful and historic Casa Monica Hotel on July 2, 2013: the 49th Anniversary of the Signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. We also will be honoring the Heroes and Sheroes of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement. For more information, click HERE. Want to donate a page in our Freedom Trail Luncheon booklet? Click HERE.
City's Highest Honor to be Presented at ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon
Dr. Robert B. Hayling will be presented the City of St. Augustine's highest honor: The Order of La Florida at the 7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, July 2, 2013 at the Casa Monica Hotel. Please click HERE for more information.
YMCA of Lauderhill, Florida on the ACCORD Freedom Trail
48 Students and 10 chaperones from the Lauderhill, FL YMCA, on an 8-day College Tour, makes a stop in St. Augustine to visit the ACCORD Freedom Trail. For more information click HERE.
Dr. Robert B. Hayling to Receive The Order of La Florida Award from the City of St. Augustine, Florida
The highest honor that the City of St. Augustine can bestow upon its citizenry is the Order of La Florida. On January 28th, after a heated debate, the City Commissioners changed the antiquated rules and will give the honor to two nominees. Please click HERE for more information.
ACCORD Screening Documentary "Crossing In St. Augustine" for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Come one! Come all! "FREE" Screening of Civil Rights Documentary by Andrew Young Presents on Monday, January 21st, 2-4 PM, 399 South Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL. Click HERE for more infomation. For St. Augustine RECORD Article, Click HERE.
Visit the ACCORD Freedom Trail presented by Northrop Grumman
There are 31 markers on the Freedom Trail which tell the stories and mark the sites relevant to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine. Walk along the trail where history was made. For ACCORD Freedom Trail Maps/Brochures, visit the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitors Information Center. To Sample the Audio Tour, Click HERE.
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