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Remembering the largest mass arrest of rabbis in St. Augustine


The Eighth Annual Commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history will take place outdoors at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, at noon, Friday, June 18. This 30-minute event sponsored by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, is free and all are welcome. The wearing of masks is requested. The event will be available on Zoom.

On June 18, 1964, 16 rabbis and a Reform Jewish administrator were demonstrating in St. Augustine, at the request of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because a group of Blacks were kept out of a restaurant. They were arrested and held in the St. Johns County Jail. Overnight, they wrote a letter titled “Why We Came to St. Augustine” that will be read as part of the commemoration.

The zoom link is available upon request through the “Contact” tab at www.sajhs.com or through sajhs1565@gmail.com All are welcome, there is no charge. For further information contact SAJHS at 804-914-4460.


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