St. Augustine, Florida: Thwarted Footsteps of Andrew Young

In 1964, future Atlanta mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and a group of civil rights protestors was attacked by a white mob. A memorial plaza at the spot where Young's progress was blocked (and he was knocked unconscious) features bronze versions of his footprints.

Address:
King St., St. Augustine, FL
Directions:
Embedded into a sidewalk at the Plaza de la Constitucion, on the northwest corner of King and St. George Sts.
Admission:
Free
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Thwarted Footsteps of Andrew Young

On the night of June 9, 1964, future Atlanta mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young tried to lead a group of civil rights protestors into the city plaza of St. Augustine. The group was attacked by a white mob and Young was beaten unconscious. 47 years later, St. Augustine put ink on the bottom of Young's shoes, made him walk along a 20-foot-long carpet of paper, and turned them into a set of bronze footprints that were set into a sidewalk in the plaza. Young attended the dedication of the monument, and was the first to walk across it and finally reach his destination.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/14/2011]

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