Third in a series of Florida “Black” Historic Marker Destinations
By Douglas C. Lyons
SAINT AUGUSTINE — The city’s Lincolnville neighborhood should be a ‘must’ stop on every visitors’ trip to America’s oldest city. It’s a picturesque section of town, located just south of the famed historic district. The fact that it is also Saint Augustine’s historic black community gives the area its own bit of uniqueness.
The challenge is to see it before it disappears. Like many black neighborhoods situated near prime development areas, Lincolnville is undergoing gentrification.
Whites are moving into the community that was founded by freed slaves. Older homes are giving way to new developments. Property values are going up, and many longtime residents are moving out. It’s an all-too familiar trend.
There is still a lot to love about Lincolnville. The area’s architecture includes the city’s highest concentration of Victorian-era homes. The Lincolnville neighborhood is a picture perfect place for walking tours, something almost everyone does during their stay in Saint Augustine’s historic district.
The area also has its fair share of history, including the 1964 civil rights demonstration that made Saint Augustine a brief focal point during America’s Civil Rights Movement. There’s a lot to see and during those quiet moments along the neighborhood streets, all that history seems to come alive.
Lincolnville remains the city’s historic black community.
How long that lasts is anyone’s guess.
Douglas C. Lyons is the founder of www.blackinfla.com.
Photo Credits: Douglas C. Lyons & Doris T. Harrell