On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2019, at 10000 Shands Pier Road in St. Johns, a ceremony took place in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative to honor Isaac Barrett. While the ceremony took on a different tone with the missing marker that was to be unveiled, the story of Isaac Barrett was still told, and we will continue to unwaveringly tell our story.
Barrett, an African American tenant farmer, was lynched in St. Johns County on June 5, 1897. He did not have a chance to defend himself in a court of law. Barrett is one of more than 300 people who died by racial terror lynchings in Florida from 1877 to 1950.
A new marker will be made to replace the missing marker and a more visible location will be selected to install the marker. Thank you to all of the speakers and guests who attended the ceremony.
Thank you to Lenny Foster for sharing the below photos from the ceremony.