Historic Markers Across Florida



79 Bridge Street



Marker ID: AFT 
Location: 79 Bridge Street, St. Augustine, FL
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 53.345    W 081° 18.842
  29.88908333    -81.31403333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMGBWZ
 



Text:

The Rudcarlie Building at 79 Bridge Street was built in the 1950s by Dr. Rudolph N. Gordon (1901-1959) and named for the members of his family: Rudolph, Carlotta, and Rosalie. It was the first medical/dental office construction in St. Augustine without racially segregated waiting rooms.

After Dr. Gordon's death, the office was rented to Dr. Robert B. Hayling, a dentist who became a prominent leader of the civil rights movement in St. Augustine. Many of the planning sessions for the movement were held here, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. On one occasion, the owner of a local tourist attraction came to the office with a gun and said he intended to kill Dr. King, "but I can't do it, because when I look at you, I see that you are a God-sent man." Lawyers who came to support the civil rights efforts made this building their headquarters as well. Two of them--Alvin J. Bronstein and Ralph Temple--were honored by ACCORD when they returned to the Ancient City in 2005.

Dr. 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.

Sponsored by: Northrop Grumman



Notes:

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