Frederick Douglas - St. Augustine, FL
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N 29° 53.641 W 081° 18.772
17R E 469792 N 3307082
Quick Description: This historical marker was placed in 2009 and denotes the former location of the Genovar Opera House where Frederick Douglass spoke in 1889.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 1/22/2012 5:56:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMDJTA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 12

Long Description:
"The marker, features pictures of Douglass young and old. The inscription read at the ceremony by St. Augustine City Commissioner Don Crichlow, is located on Treasury Street outside a St. George Street confectionery and a variety store.

"The monument is the seventh in a series of "Freedom Trail" markers erected at historic civil rights locations in the city. Attending the ceremony was the city's Vice Mayor Errol Jones and other local officials."

-- Source

The historical marker reads:

"On this site, where the "Genovar Opera House" once stood, Frederick Douglass spoke to the residents of St. Augustine on Sunday, April 7, 1889.

"Born into slavery in 1818, Douglass rose in the pre-Civil War years to become a leading exponent of the abolitionist cause and in the nineteenth century a tireless advocate for the African-American community and civil liberties in general. A personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, Douglass played a vital role in persuading the President to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

"Douglass traveled to St. Augustine from Jacksonville in a special railroad car provided by the Jacksonville and St. Augustine Railroad Company. He was given a reception here attended by an estimated 700 citizens, according to the Florida Times-Union newspaper, "including prominent people of both races." Douglass was introduced by the Mayor of St. Augustine, William W. Dewhurst, who welcomed him on behalf of the Governor of Florida. An inspiring orator, Douglass spoke about the continuing struggle of African Americans to achieve civil rights in the post-Emancipation Era. At the close of Douglass's remarks, the audience rose to sing a national anthem, after which the crowd dispersed and Mr. Douglass left on the afternoon train to Jacksonville.

"The Genovar Opera House burned in the great fire of April 2, 1914."

Civil Right Type: Race (U.S. Civil Rights movement)

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