The Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King left a profound impact on St. Augustine. The Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in historic Lincolnville, St. Augustine was the gathering place of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1964.
Dr. Martin Luther King led Boycotts, Pickets, strikes, and sit-ins to protest racism in St. Augustine in 1964. This conference was scheduled in coordination with St. Augustine's 400th anniversary. A bi-partisan bill to end now know as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was stalled in Congress. Dr. King left a lasting legacy on St. Augustine and the rest of the United States.