Library commemorates Flagler sit-in

Published On: Aug 27 2013 11:24:21 AM EDT

A new online library put together by Flagler College students is commemorating the civil rights struggle that took place in St. Augustine almost 50 years ago.

The Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine is set to come online next month.

The Internet-based multimedia archives will mark its debut with a ceremony at the Hotel Ponce de Leon at Flagler College.

In March 1964, about 100 students from an all-black high school marched in downtown St. Augustine and then held a sit-in at the segregated dining hall of the Hotel Ponce de Leon.

The demonstrators were arrested by police officers with dogs.

It was the first sit-in of the civil rights movement in the nation's oldest city.

The Henry Flagler-built hotel is now a part of the Flagler College campus.


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