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2024 Adelaide Sanchez Award for Education and Interpretation recipient announced Regina Gayle Phillips to be recognized on Monday, May 13

Congratulations to Regina Gayle Phillips on receiving the 2024 Adelaide Sanchez Award.  From City of St. Augustine: 

CityStAug Communications
Fri, May 3 at 12:34 PM

May 3, 2024


2024 Adelaide Sanchez Award for Education and Interpretation recipient announced

Regina Gayle Phillips to be recognized on Monday, May 13


On Monday, May 13, 2024, the St. Augustine City Commission will present the 2024 Adelaide Sanchez Award for Education and Interpretation to Regina Gayle Phillips during a special gathering at 4:30pm, just prior to the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.


Commissioner Barbara Blonder nominated Ms. Phillips to receive this year’s award and the St. Augustine City Commission unanimously supported.  Nominations for the Adelaide Sanchez Award are made by a member of the City Commission, approved by the full commission, and presented in May to coincide with Historic Preservation Month.


The presentation, which is open to the public, will be held in The Alcazar Room of City Hall, located at 75 King St., and may be viewed via live-stream online at, where it will be available for on-demand viewing the following day.


Regina Gayle Phillips

Phillips is the executive director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, located inside the historic Excelsior High School in St. Augustine, FL.  The museum has interpretive exhibits and programs chronicling nearly 500 years of Black history. 


Since 2015, when Phillips first began as a volunteer at the museum, she has been instrumental in its transformation and development from an all-volunteer organization to a nationally recognized museum.  Under her leadership the museum has established daily operations, curated new exhibits, and developed coalitions with other institutions. 


In 2023, Phillips was appointed by Florida Speaker of the House Representatives, Paul Renner, to serve on the Florida Museum of Black History Task Force, which was established by Governor Ron DeSantis, to provide recommendations for the planning, construction, operation, and administration of a Black history museum in Florida.  At the time of this news release, St. Johns County remains among the top three proposed locations for the future museum.


Phillips, a Jacksonville native, graduated from Wolfson Sr. High School, Florida Junior College, and in 1980, graduated from the University of Florida School of Journalism.  She is also a graduate of the First Coast Technical Institution Culinary Program, and she brings business and former journalistic skills to grant writing, exhibit curation, and museum management.


“Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior,” a Living Legends recognition and Juneteenth program, was introduced by Phillips as a part of the museum’s many offerings.  The historic preservation of the Excelsior School is among the many projects she has spearheaded, as well.


Throughout the community, Phillips has been involved with many organizations, including serving on the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum board of directors, the St. Augustine Historical Society, board of directors and she currently serves as chairperson of the St. Johns County Tourism Development Council.  She lives in St. Augustine with her husband of 37 years, Floyd who also serves as president of the museum’s board of directors.


Adelaide Sanchez Award

The Adelaide Sanchez Award’s namesake was a native of St. Augustine and worked at the St. Augustine Record from 1930 through 1943 where she was a reporter, features writer, society editor and the Associated Press correspondent.  She joined the staff of The Miami Herald where she worked for 30 years serving as Assistant Woman’s Editor covering numerous society events during that city’s very formative three decades.  After her retirement in 1973, she returned to St. Augustine and continued writing until her death in 1994 through newsletters for the Flagler Hospital Auxiliary and Trinity Episcopal Church and biographical sketches that were included in the program for Cross and Sword.


It is Adelaide Sanchez’s appreciation and love of the City’s historic properties, and her active promotion to ensure the preservation of those resources that garnered this award being named in her honor. Her support of historic resources is a classic example of one who “walked the walk.”


In accordance with her wishes, her home on Marine St. was bequeathed to the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. After the board’s abolishment, the property was transferred to the City of St. Augustine and sold with the proceeds being held in trust, as per her wishes, with the interest earned being designated for awards, programs, and stipends with the goal of advancing the interests of historic restoration, preservation, education, and interpretation.


Recipients of the Adelaide Sanchez Award for Historic Preservation, Restoration, Education, and Interpretation receive a statuette of the lions that grace the western side of the Bridge of Lions. The molds for the replicas were crafted by St. Augustine sculptor Enzo Torcoletti.


For a complete list of recipients, visit the City’s website:


Media inquiries may be directed to Harley Miller, Communications Specialist, at 904-788-3252.


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Photo attachment: Regina Gayle Phillips, 2024 Adelaide Sanchez Award for Education and Interpretation recipient


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