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St. Augustine honors 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

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Updated: 8/28/2013 11:13 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- His presence changed history. His words sparked a movement.

"Being an African-American in college, I feel like I actually am living the dream," Flagler College student Jason Little said.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. protested in St. Augustine in the early 60's. At one point, he was even arrested there. To commemorate that historic time and the countless people who fought for freedom -- Flagler College is launching an online Civil Rights library.

For the past year, students and staff have been working to compile the data.

"They're going to see paper documents, FBI files, they'll see vintage newspaper articles from the 60's," organizer Blake Pridgen said.

On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the influence of the Civil Rights movement is evident around town.

From the old Woolworth's where a sit-in took place, to the ringing of bells at the 3:00 hour, the exact time Dr. King finished his "I Have A Dream" speech.

"I think uncovering those little pieces of the city's history is really cool, let alone that it has a national significance," student Andrew Kustodowicz said.

Kustodowicz and his classmates helped work on the digital library.

They all agree-- it's a powerful project and a subject that must be kept alive.

"It's just amazing that these people walked where you walk and they were here in this town," Emily Gleeson said.

"Each generation just has to better. go harder," Little said.

The Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine is set to launch September 18.

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