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Welcome to the ACCORD Freedom Trail Website

The Anniversary to Commemorate the Civil Rights Demonstrations, Inc. (BKA, The 40th ACCORD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization envisioned in 2002, established in 2003, and incorporated in 2004.

Our Mission is "Remembering, Recognizing, and Honoring all those who risked their lives to attain civil rights for all and celebrating St. Augustine's pivotal role in the Civil Rights Act of 1964." We are excited to introduce the 31 historic civil rights markers on the ACCORD Freedom Trail Project presented by The Northrop Grumman Corporation and one by ACCORD Member, Beth Levenbach of Lansdowne, PA.

ACCORD would like to extend our gratitude to The Northrop Grumman Corporation, Beth Levenbach, The Old Town Trolley, Photographer Shirley Williams-Collins, the St. Augustine RECORD, Flowers By Shirley, St. Paul AME Church, American Legion Post 194, The First Baptist Church, and EWLI for their continued support!

Brochures for the Freedom Trail's self-guided tour are available at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center in Downtown, St. Augustine, Florida.

Want to help us continue our mission of remembering, recognizing, and honoring the heroes of the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine? Send your tax deductible donation, in any amount or ACCORD Membership in the amount of $100 per person, made payable to: ACCORD, Inc. and mail to:

ACCORD, Inc
P.O. Box 697
St Augustine, FL 32085-0697

 

For more information on how you, your business, or your organization can get involved, send us an EMAIL today! We are always looking for new members, volunteers, and sponsors. Please click HERE for ACCORD meeting dates and times. All our welcome!

JULY 2013

7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon

 

JULY 2, 2012

6th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon

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JULY 2, 2011

5th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon

 

JULY 2. 2010

4th Annual Freedom Trail Luncheon Videos:
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Pleas for Artifact Donations By Action News Answered

Hundreds of artifacts in the form of memorabilia, letters, books, documents, receipts, and other items were donated to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum since a plea went out by Action News Jax that the museum was in need. Items as far away as California have been donated.. Items will be documented and catalogued before being put on display in the museum. A heartfelt thanks to all who donated items.

A plea by newsreporter Dr. Robert B. Hayling Donates Artifact to Civil Rights Museum

Dr. Robert B. Hayling, stopped by the Rudcarlie Building, his former dental office, located at 79 Bridge Street on Monday, September 29th, 2014 to donate an artifact to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. The artifact will be announced and displayed at a later date. This artifact is over 50 years old and we are so elated to have it as part of our collection. Click HERE for pictures of Dr. Hayling at the museum.

Dr. Robert B. Hayling Attends Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Florida

Leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement Dr. Robert B. Hayling was a panelist at the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Panelists included Dr. David Colburn, Professor/Author Mr. Charles E. Cobb, and Author Mr. Rodney Hurst. Click HERE for more information.

California Attorney Donates Artifact and Pictures to ACCORD Civil Rights Museum

During his first year of law school (’63-‘64) at Boalt Hall in Berkeley, CA, Lorenzo Eric Chambers heard about the recently created Law Students Civil Rights Research Council (LSRRC), which involved 15 law schools, including his. The LSRRC was planning a summer internship program for the South. About 60 law students from these schools were selected to be 1964 summer interns.

Lorenzo applied and was accepted into the program. He was sent to St. Augustine to help volunteer lawyers with the various civil rights cases they were handling. While in St. Augustine, he acquired a SCLC poster which hung in his practice and after retirement in his study. Lorenzo, donated the poster and a few pictures he had taken in 1964 to the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. To read more about Attorney Chambliss' experiences, click HERE.

Thank You for your Volunteerism and Contributions

A Heartfelt thank you to the Miles Family of Washington, DC, the many Donors who made monetary contributions, In-Kind Donors, and the numerous volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help rehabilitate the Rudcarlie Building at 79 Bridge Street: former dental office of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement, and now the ACCORD 1960s Commemorative Civil Rights Museum. Special thanks also to everyone who helped out with the 8th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, commemorating the 50th Anniversary signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. We appreciate you all so very much.

Volunteers Needed at ACCORD Civil Rights Museum

Volunteers are needed to "keep the doors open" at the ACCORD Commemorative 1960s Civil Rights Museum located at the Rudcarlie Building, 79 Bridge Street. Please call Liz if you have some spare time and would like to help out. (904) 347 1382. Critical $s are also needed also. Please make your tax deductible donations payable to: ACCORD CRM, and mail to P O Box 697, St. Augustine, FL 32085---0697 Donations in any amount are appreciated.

Northrop Grumman Sponsors Two High School Summer Interns for ACCORD Civil Rights Museum

Tamia Adkinson and Jarell James two high school students, who came highly recommended by their Principals, learned about the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine and earned a nice salary during an 8-week summer internship program at the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum. To Read More, Click HERE.

ACCORD Sponsored Civil Rights Hall of Fame Trip To Tallahassee on May 14th, 2014

The Bus sponsored by ACCORD, Inc. to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame Ceremony, in Tallahassee, is filled to capacity. Those on the waiting list will be notified if an opening occurs between now and May 12th. If anyone is driving on their own and interested in giving someone else a ride, please contact Gwen, via E-mail: gwen062856@aol.com Please pray for good weather and traveling mercies for all those who will be making the trip with us or on their own.

8th ANNUAL FREEDOM TRAIL LUNCHEON, 2014

The 8th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon commemorating the 50th Anniversary signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be held on July 2, 2014 @ 11:30 AM, at the historic Ponce de Leon Dining Hall, on the beautiful campus of Flagler College. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. David Colburn of the University of Florida. Guest Speaker an Activist of the 1964 Movement, TBA. Tickets are $45 per person, $400/8seat and $500/10seat Corporate Tables available. Please call Lorraine (904) 217 7999 or Liz (904) 347 1382

 

"PAINT DAYS" Scheduled for 79 Bridge Street

Volunteers from the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Saint Augustine Plant will volunteer and paint the inside walls of the Rudcarlie Building located at 79 Bridge Street: the future site of the up and coming ACCORD Civil Rights Museum on February 7th & 8th. Call Liz for more information (904) 347-1382

Dr. Robert B. Hayling chosen to receive the 2014 Florida State Fair Minority Community Leader Wall of Fame Award.

On Saturday, February 8, 2014 Dr. Robert B. Hayling will receive the 2014 Florida State Fair Minority Community Leader Wall of Fame Award at the Waterfront Cafe in Tampa, FL Click HERE for more information

Dr. Robert B. Hayling to be Inducted Into the Florida State Civil Rights Hall of Fame

On January 30, 2014 Governor Rick Scott chose three recipients to be inducted into the Florida State Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Dr. Robert B. Hayling leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement along with A. Philip Randolp and James Weldon Johnson. Click HERE for more information

ACCORD Open House A Success

An Open House preview of the upcoming ACCORD Civil Rights Museum was held on January 20, 2014. Click HERE for information

Groups Unite for Museum Project

ACCORD, Inc. and the Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine, Inc. unite to bring to fruition a Civil Rights Museum to commemorate the 1960s Movement of St. Augustine led by Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Wright, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Click HERE for details. To volunteer, click HERE.

To View August, 2013 Newsletter, click HERE

To View the July 2013 ACCORD Newsletter, Click HERE

Activist Delores Miller Parks' Story Featured in Wells Fargo Newsletter: Teamworks

Delores Miller Parks along with others participated in a 1963 Sit-In at the Woolworth Lunch counter in the Nation's Oldest City. A Mural was recently unveiled at 33 King Street: the new location of the downtown branch of the Wells Fargo Bank which depicts that and other civil rights activities during that turbulent time of the 1960s civil rights movement. Please click HERE to read the article recently published in the Wells Fargo Bank Newsletter: Teamworks.

ACCORD Commemorates the 49th Anniversary of the Signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964

Activist Joanne Willis is Keynote Speaker and Dr. Robert B. Hayling Receives the 'Order of La Florida' Award at ACCORD 7th Annual Freedom Trail Luncheon

A packed house gathered at the Casa Monica Hotel on July 2, 2013 to hear Joanne Willis, former native St. Augustinian and resident of Indianapolis, Indiana tell of her heart wrenching experiences as a teenage activist.

The Mayor and City Commissioners of the St. Augustine Florida presented the highest honor to Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Robert B. Hayling at the ACCORD 7th Annual Freedom Trail Luncheon commemorating the signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and honoring the Heroes and Sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement of the Nation's Oldest City. click HERE to read more

7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, July 2, 2013

1964 St. Augustine Civil Rights Activist, Joanne Willis, of Indianapolis, Indiana is the Keynote Speaker for the 7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon. The lunchon will be held at the beautiful and historic Casa Monica Hotel on July 2, 2013: the 49th Anniversary of the Signing of the Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. We also will be honoring the Heroes and Sheroes of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement. For more information, click HERE. Want to donate a page in our Freedom Trail Luncheon booklet? Click HERE.

2013 Recipient of the Dr. Robert B. Hayling Award of Valor, presented by former Florida State Senator Anthony 'Tony' Hill, also the Emcee for the luncheon, TBA soon.

City's Highest Honor to be Presented at ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon

Dr. Robert B. Hayling will be presented the City of St. Augustine's highest honor: The Order of La Florida at the 7th Annual ACCORD Freedom Trail Luncheon, July 2, 2013 at the Casa Monica Hotel. Please click HERE for more information.

YMCA of Lauderhill, Florida on the ACCORD Freedom Trail

48 Students and 10 chaperones from the Lauderhill, FL YMCA, on an 8-day College Tour, makes a stop in St. Augustine to visit the ACCORD Freedom Trail. For more information click HERE.

Dr. Robert B. Hayling to Receive The Order of La Florida Award from the City of St. Augustine, Florida

The highest honor that the City of St. Augustine can bestow upon its citizenry is the Order of La Florida. On January 28th, after a heated debate, the City Commissioners changed the antiquated rules and will give the honor to two nominees. Please click HERE for more information.

ACCORD Screening Documentary "Crossing In St. Augustine" for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Come one! Come all! "FREE" Screening of Civil Rights Documentary by Andrew Young Presents on Monday, January 21st, 2-4 PM, 399 South Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL. Click HERE for more infomation. For St. Augustine RECORD Article, Click HERE.

Visit the ACCORD Freedom Trail presented by Northrop Grumman

There are 31 markers on the Freedom Trail which tell the stories and mark the sites relevant to the Civil Rights Movement of St. Augustine. Walk along the trail where history was made. For ACCORD Freedom Trail Maps/Brochures, visit the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitors Information Center. To Sample the Audio Tour, Click HERE.

 

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Dalonja Duncan, President Elect
Cora Tyson, Vice President

Julia Heckendorn,Secretary

Audrey Willis, Treasurer

June Conway, Financial Secretary

Dr. Priscilla Duncan, DPt, MPHR Co-Chair, Marketing Director
David Nolan, Historian & Co-Chair

Candace Duncan, MIB, Financial Consultant

Gwendolyn Duncan, President Emeritus and Archivist