“I'm not so sure the Civil Rights Act would have been passed had there not been a St. Augustine”

On June 18th, 1964, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo were two of several black and white protesters who jumped into the whites only pool at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida.

At StoryCorps, they talked about how the owner of the hotel tried to force them out by pouring acid into the pool.

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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Music Info: "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" by The Roots from the Album Soundtrack for a Revolution
Produced by Jasmyn Belcher Morris
Facilitated by Stephanie Burton, Amanda Plumb and John White
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