Black History Month at the LMCC
Happy Black History Month from the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center (LMCC)!
Join us this month for a variety of enriching and educational programming.
*POSTPONED, New Date TBA* On Thursday February 13th at 6 pm, we will kick off the events with a screening of Crossing in St. Augustine, a thought-provoking documentary on the events of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement by former United Nations Ambassador, Andrew Young. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the effects of the movement in St. Augustine and the nation.
On Saturday, February 22nd from 11 am to 1:00 pm, Howard Professor Sonja D. Williams presents Power and Inspiration: The African American Quest for Freedom Through Sacred Music and Radio Drama. Williams will discuss the efforts of pioneering media writer Richard Durham and others to celebrate African American figures and traditions through radio and song.
On Wednesday February 26th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, join the LMCC and the Friends of the Main Library for Help Me to Find My People, a brown bag lunch talk with Dr. Heather Andrea Williams. She will share the hopeful and heartbreaking endeavors of African Americans to reunite with family members during slavery and after emancipation. You are encouraged to bring a bag lunch; light refreshments will be provided.
The St. Augustine Record Story: Lincolnville Museum honors second crop of ‘Living Legends’
The St. Augustine Record shared a story titled Lincolnville Museum honors second crop of ‘Living Legends’ following the Sunday Living Legends Awards Luncheon held on April 14, 2019.
Read full story – http://bit.ly/2PhpBUA
Living Legends Awards Luncheon on April 14 Honored Local Residents
The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center hosted the annual Living Legends Awards Luncheon on April 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the museum, 102 Martin Luther King Ave. The luncheon honored local residents who have made major contributions to the heritage landscape through education, business, the arts and civic activism. This year’s Living Legends honorees were Sandra Parks, Cora Tyson, Barbara Vickers and Henry White.
“We are proud to honor these four individuals for their spirit and determination that have helped to pave the way for advancement of African Americans and diversity in this community,” said Gayle Phillips, executive director of the museum.
Parks, who grew up in St. Augustine, has focused her career on working to close the achievement gap and transition more students from disadvantaged backgrounds into advanced education programs. As an education and curriculum specialist, Parks has co-authored more than 40 books on cognitive development and critical thinking skills. She has served as a curriculum consultant in 48 states. Parks also works to honor the life and work of her late husband, Stetson Kennedy, who was an author, folklorist and human rights activist.
Tyson, a graduate of St. Augustine’s Excelsior High School, is a long-term resident of Lincolnville. Cooking for others is an integral part of life for Tyson. She co-owned and operated a local restaurant named The Savory. She also was a cafeteria manager for multiple schools in the community. During the Civil Rights Movement, Tyson and her late husband, John Henry Tyson, welcomed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and members of his leadership team into their home, offering a safe place for the visitors to rest, dine and hold meetings.
Vickers, who grew up in Lincolnville, is a licensed beautician, businesswoman, civil rights activist, painter, actress, writer and one of the original Rosie the Riveter workers. After leaving St. Augustine to travel, she worked in shipyards and on Boeing B-17s and B-19s as a sheet metal mechanic during World War II. Vickers returned to St. Augustine where she became a licensed beautician and operated her own shop for more than 50 years. During the Civil Rights Movement, she participated in demonstrations and kneel-ins, attempts to integrate local churches, in St. Augustine. She also spearheaded the Foot Soldiers Monument project. The monument commemorates the work of civil rights demonstrators and is located in the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown St. Augustine.
White, a St. Augustine native, worked for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, following in the footsteps of his parents. At the school, White was a physical education teacher and coach. His leadership at the school led to many of his students competing in the World Games for the Deaf. Within the community, White worked with various youth league teams, including T-ball, softball, basketball and football. He has also volunteered with many local organizations such as the Fort Mose Historical Society, Friends of Lincolnville and The First Tee of North Florida.
Photo of Barbara Vickers by the St. Johns Cultural Council
Compass Magazine’s Music Review for The Langston Hughes Project
Thanks to Compass Magazine for this music review of Dr. Ron McCurdy’s performance of The Langston Hughes Project of the Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior series!
A Message from the Executive Director on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a national holiday, a time for reflecting, public service and community unity. If you are 90 years old or older, he would have been your contemporary. Did you stand with him or oppose his quest for equality and justice? Whether you did or not, as an American today we must examine his work for all it is worth. It is not just another day off – although it is hard to acknowledge a day off from work when hundreds of thousands of federal workers (fellow Americans) are being forced to take a leave from their jobs or worse yet a leave from their paychecks.
Families are being deprived of the privilege to support their families in their chosen professions because of a dysfunctional federal system that is being manipulated to create chaos and distrust. The system of injustice and inequality that Dr. King spoke against feels very different from the system many of our leaders have spoken scornfully about in recent years.
In Dr. King’s lifetime, being an American citizen with all rights and privileges thereof was limited to a chosen few. If you were Black, Jewish, Native American, Oriental, Hispanic, Caribbean, Catholic, Muslim, Buddist, female, gay or any other group that did not fit the White Anglo Saxon Protestant norm, you were an other. Today discrimination based on race, religion or sexual origin is prohibited, due mainly to the work of Dr. King and the millions of Americans who stood with him and submitted to the non-violent protest he led. Multi-culturalism and diversity is the norm, therefore when we hear the blatantly racist speech or chants of hate groups that still dwell among us, we cringe with disbelief that those deep-seated ideals and isms still exist in our society today. Moreover, we are flabbergasted that they are spoken from the lips of high-ranking elected officials who only got elected because a segment of our population (America’s population) voted them into office.
As we celebrate Dr. King, who was killed in the prime of his life 51 years ago, let us remember his fight, let us remember his walk, let us remember his words:
We must learn to live together or perish together as fools.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was forged forward due to much of the hateful deeds committed in St. Augustine that made their way to the national forefront mainly due to the presence of national media here to cover the 400th birthday of this ancient city. Sit ins, swim ins, wade ins and attempts to be served by local establishments led to violent attacks and arrest of many; including among them Dr. King, the wife of a governor, 16 rabbis and hundreds of college students from around the county. This tiny city made international headlines in its quest for freedom and justice for all.
Today we can eat, sleep, socialize and move about as we please without backlash due to discrimination from our government or society. Yet people still feel the urgent need to take to the streets to protest the inequalities that are still being meted out by underhanded interpretation of laws that block voting rights and other civil rights that we rely on a just government to uphold. When the elected officials speak the words of hatred that bring back those days of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, we cannot help but reflect on the need to keep up the fight.
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Words from Dr. King spoken so long ago, yet still true today. My prayer is that the history that makes us and the next generation is the history of a unified America, not a divided one. My prayer is that the history that makes us is a peaceful America, that establishes and upholds just laws, not a return to Jim Crow, vigilante justice or something worse. My prayer is that we will incorporate one more quote from Dr. King into our daily lives:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Gayle Phillips, Executive Director
Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center
Image source: State Archives of Florida / Florida Memory
Save the Dates – Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting 2020 Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior concert series this January through May. The series, which showcases jazz through the ages from its African roots to the fusion sounds of the millennia in historic St. Augustine, will feature performances throughout five months.
This year we are introducing our Pre-Show Cocktail Lounge from 6:00 to 7:30. Come and enjoy refreshments before the show.
The featured performances include:
January 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Mama Blue: Jazz/Blues Favorites
January 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Laiken Williams & Fellowship of Love
February 28, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Eric Carter & Company: Live Jazz Fusion
March 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
March 27, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Catch The Groove: Jazz Vocals
April 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project: Smooth Jazz
April 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
May 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior page to learn more, including performance times, locations. Contact the museum at (904) 824-1191 for ticket-purchasing options.
Own a Brick
The mission of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center (LMCC) is simple: to tell the rich history of more than 450 years of African American experience in the Oldest City in America. From the first Spanish settlement in 1565, through Indian Wars, British ownership, Spanish ownership again, US ownership, the American Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and the Civil Rights upheavals of the 1950s and 60s, Blacks have been a critical part of the story of St. Augustine, the birthplace of America.
Become a part of this story when you support LMCC with the purchase of one or more personalized “Bricks in History”: for yourself, your children, family or friends, or in memory of someone deceased.
By Mail: Fill out a Brick Order Form and mail with money order or check payable to Friends of Lincolnville, 102 M L King Avenue, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
Support the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center this #GivingTuesday
On #GivingTuesday, scheduled for Nov. 27, 2018, please consider donating to the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. All donations are welcome, whether it is one that is monetary or your time. Everything makes a difference.
Supporting the museum with a monetary donation is simple, just send a text to 205-590-5508 or make a donation through PayPal at www.lincolnvillemuseum.org/donate.
Interested in volunteering? Call the museum at 904-824-1191 to learn more and sign up.
Thank you for supporting the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center this Giving Tuesday!
Ceremony Honoring Isaac Barrett
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.
2018 Racial Justice Essay Contest
The 2018 Racial Justice Essay Contest deadline is quickly approaching! All public students grades 9-12 attending high school in St. Johns County are encouraged to submit an essay for the contest hosted by the Equal Justice Initiative. The deadline is October 1.