The St. Augustine Historical Society will present a dramatic reading from Ann Browning Masters’ “Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine”. Recently published by the Florida Historical Society Press, this work describes common life in St. Augustine from after the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. The program will tell five stories of the lives of St. Augustine’s black and white residents before and after the watershed visit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the summer of 1964. The now almost-forgotten transition of the Menorcan population from not-quite-white to white will also be revisited.
The program is free and open to the public. The use of dialect, racial slurs common to the time, and references to violence may be offensive to some. Individual discretion is advised when deciding to attend this presentation.