St. Augustine Beach Hotel Deserves Historic Status for Civil Rights Role

The former St. Augustine Beach Hotel has been added to the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance in the national civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Now home to an art and dance studio, the hotel is located at 370 State Road A1A.

The St. Johns Cultural Council has spent more than 20 years restoring and preserving the historic structure, which directly borders the stretch of St. Augustine Beach’s shoreline where the infamous wade-in protests took place from June 17 to July 1, 1964, the day before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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