Monday, May 16, 2011

A Good Day In Our City

"As Mayor of the City of St. Augustine, I apoligize for all past mayors, current and future mayors to those whose civil rights have been violated by the city." Joseph Boles, City of St. Augustine. Slave Market speech , 5-14-11

Though it was an overly broad, sweeping statement, Mayor Boles' sentiment is well intentioned. On Saturday, in the Plaza we had the unveiling of sculptor Brian Owens' work commemorating the citizens of St. Augustine who non violently stood up to the jeering racist crowds in the difficult summer of 1964. The bronze in the Plaza is a beautiful tribute to those "ordinary citizens".