A Watchful Eye


Lenny Foster

A Watchful Eye (2/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
20 x 13.5 inches

In 1964, the owner of the Monson Motor Lodge, on the bayfront in St. Augustine, committed a terrorizing act by pouring hydrochloric acid into the lodge pool where a group of White civil rights activists and their Black guests were swimming. After garnering national attention, public outcry from the incident was instrumental in pressuring President Lyndon B. Johnson and the US government to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

There were a few protests that took place on the grounds of the lodge that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was involved in, one of which resulted in his arrest. This image depicts reverends Dr. King, Andrew Young, and C.T. Vivian witnessing one of these protests from across the street of the Monson Motor Lodge.

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