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Andrew's Crossing Unveiled in St. Augustine
Andrew's Crossing Unveiled in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An intersection integral to the civil rights movement has officially been renamed.

The intersection of King and St. George Streets in St. Augustine is now Andrew Young Crossing. 

"It more than makes up for the gathering that was here in 1964," said Young.

On June 9th, 1964, Young was attempting to lead a non-violent march through the Plaza de la Constitucion when he and other activists were stopped by violence.
Young was beaten.

"I don't even remember bleeding.  Nothing hurt me.  I just got knocked out quickly," said Young.

Today, Young finally got to finish that walk through the plaza. Instead of resistance, this time Young received applause as he walked through Andrew Young Crossing.
Metal footprints mark the intended path that civil rights leaders say "foot soldiers" should have been able to take so many years ago.

"Those foot soldiers not only came from St. Augustine, but they came from throughout the nation.  They were black.  They were white.  They were young.  They were old," said Commissioner Errol Jones.

The permanent place will serve as a reminder of what took place so many years ago.  People will be able to walk through and remember those who paved the way and the man by the name of Andrew Young who helped lead them.
 
Young said, "It was an honor, a privilege, to join the people of St. Augustine who had already suffered so much," said Young.

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