MLK Jr. Stayed Here


Lenny Foster

MLK Jr. Stayed Here (3/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
14 x 9.5 inches

On several occasions during the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Augustine to preach, attend meetings, organize the movement, and peacefully protest. In order to keep safe during his time in St. Augustine’s historic Lincolnville district, he stayed at a different residence each night.  There was one known instance where information about his proposed whereabouts had been leaked and the home was shot at and an attempt was made to set it on fire. Fortunately, he did not stay there that night.  He was known to favor Mrs. Tyson’s house, depicted here, because he was fond of her iced tea.

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