ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of St. Augustine and thousands of people along the First Coast took time to celebrate, remember and reflect.
At the city's Visitor Information Center, "Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience" opened its doors.
Barbara Vickers, has lived in the city for 90 years. She is heavily involved in the community and was a part of the city's civil rights movement.
"We called ourselves the Scott Street 11," she said. "There was 11 houses. All 11 houses participated. We had a phone tree and we would call from house-to-house to let them know that the riders was coming and we'd all hit the floor."
Vickers and others got a sneak peek at the exhibit. It showcases 450 years of St. Augustine's black history dating back to 1565. Items include a section of the original Woolworth's counter that was in the city, where sit-ins and demonstrations were held.
Dana Ste. Claire is the Director of the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration.
"Now, we're re-writing the history books to help people understand that really the history books of American culture or the genesis of African American Culture took place here in St. Augustine," he said.
Vickers met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to St. Augustine decades ago when a kneel-in was being organized.
"He looked at me and said 'Young lady, will you go?" Vickers said. "Just looking at him, it just did something. He wasn't famous back then. There was just something about him."
Of course, she said yes. Through her eyes and the exhibit, Vickers said she hopes people never forget the sacrifices people made in what is not just black history, but our history.
Also on Monday morning, another event unfolded. It started outside St. Paul's AME Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Junior spoke in 1964. A copy of his fingerprints from his 1964 arrest are still at the church.
Samuel Wilkerson was a high school senior in the early '60s when he marched down the same road with Dr. King. The event brought back memories.
"It was fun to me. But, you've got to remember, I was a young man," he said. "I was one one of the footsoldiers. I wasn't into all of the politics per-se. What I did was what they said to do."
Decades later, he was marching again. This time, he made sure to bring his grandson as they marched with dozens of others people Monday morning,
"It brings back memories," Wilkerson explained. "That's why I have my grandson here with me. I want him to see the things that I did when I was a teenager."
Greer Spicer marched with her children on this 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
"There were lots of people who walked a lot of miles to change the course of our history," she said as she marched down the road. "So, we need to represent that, since I wasn't alive during that time. We can't forget our history."
That walk finished at the downtown plaza with music and reflection.
Also on Monday, an open house for the Accord House was held. That's a proposed civil rights museum that would house Dr. King memorabilia and honor the civil rights movement in St. Augustine.