Historic Markers Across Florida

Gault Street

Marker ID: AFT 
Location: On Gault St south of Dufferin St, St. Augustine, FL
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 54.498    W 081° 19.035
  29.9083    -81.31725
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMGBYB


Gault Street was one of the historically black residential streets in North City. Many residents worked at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Fountain of Youth, laundries and ice plants that were once located in the area.

Three Victorian houses on the west side of the street were built in the 1880s. Most of the houses on the east side of the street were built in the 1920s by Henry Proctor, descendant of one of the famous free black families of colonial Florida whose story is told in the 1992 book 'Free Men in an Age of Servitude' by Lee Warner.

Many Gault Street residents were active in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When the Roberson family, of what was then 167 Gault Street, sent their sons to integrate previously all-white Fullerwood School, their home was firebombed. Only these brick steps remain as a landmark of the heroism of this family in the cause of equality.
Sponsored by: Northrop Grumman


This marker is part of the ACCORD Freedom Trail.

For more information:
ACCORD - Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc
NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
SCLC - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Wikipedia - NAACP
Wikipedia - SCLC
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racism
Wikipedia - Racial segregation in the United States