I am proud that, tonight, the City Commission of the City of St. Augustine will honor civil rights hero James Jackson, whose heroism is profiled in Washington Post, with a photo by Peter Willott, acclaimed St. Augustine Record photographer.
Our current Sheriff's office still displays blatant falsehoods about Sheriff LAWRENCE O. DAVIS on its website. It falsely claims DAVIS was "exonerated" by Florida State Senate, which voted 44-2 to remove him. It contains false praise for DAVIS. It does not mention. federal court orders finding him in contempt, noting his employment of KKK deputies and attendance at KKK rallies, where James Jackson and three other Black men were nearly killed, until a whistleblower called the Sheriff's Department..
Like his predecessor, SHERIFF ROBERT HARDWICK refuses to discuss the Sheriff's website lies, which I have raised since the anniversary of Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech on August 28, 2013.
Like other St. Johns County Republicans, Sheriff ROBERT HARDWICK gets votes from KKK and white supremacists -- just like his corrupt predecessor, DAVID SHOAR, who legally changed his name from "HOAR" in. 1994.
Until Sheriff ROB HARDWICK's website tells the truth about segregation, St. Augustine and corrupt Sheriff LAWRENCE O. DAVIS, who believes a word the Sheriff ever says?
From The Washington Post:
Beaten by the Klan in 1963, a Black man just spoke to the White pastor who helped rescue him
Young folks in St. Augustine caught the fire, Jackson among them. He was a wiry, spirited 18-year-old. He and his friends picketed downtown businesses that summer. Outraged, the city’s segregationist leaders applied all kinds of pressure to silence the kids.
The Black girl who defied segregation, inspiring MLK and Jackie RobinsonMaybe it was his downward gaze that allowed Jackson to see the scrap of paper scrabbling by in the wind. Picking it up, he unfurled it and stared in disbelief. It was a handbill advertising a Ku Klux Klan rally that night, just south of town in a clearing in the woods behind the Southgate Bowling Lanes off U.S. Route 1. “All white people” were welcome.
He sees the armada of tour buses circling the Plaza. Some of the tour guides refer to the Slave Market; others avoid the term, opting to describe it as “the very first place in all the United States ever to use a standard weights and measurement system.”
Beside the Slave Market now stands a modest sculpture celebrating heroes of local civil rights. The Confederate monument is no longer there; in the summer of 2020, after 10 hours of contentious public comment, city commissioners voted 3-2 to remove it from the Plaza.