St. Augustine, FL: Mike Taylor, 2019. Limited Edition. Hardcover. "Florida's civil rights movement, from a local perspective."
"In the grammatical sense, the Present Perfect Progressive Tense refers to an action that has begun in the past, continues into the present, and possibly into the future. As such, the events of the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine, Florida are as much a part of the city today as they were in 1964.
Trading solely on its identity as the oldest European settlement in the U.S., the town was readying itself to celebrate its 400th anniversary in 1965. Local activists from the NAACP contacted president Kennedy to ask he withhold considerable federal funding for what was to be a segregated celebration. The events that followed caused Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to call the city the most lawless he had ever visited. This book examines a city's, and by extension, a nation's, unresolved debt." [artist statement]
''We all thought everybody loved each other
and everybody got along,
until we wanted to go sit at their counter- Lord they
went completely crazy. They wanted to kill all of us.''
Taylor explores the evolution of the civil rights scene in St. Augustine, focusing a narrative of events between 1960 and 1964 as racial integration of StAFL emerged and was resisted. Taylor's intense, clean use of contrasting colors and overlapping imagery plays to the chaos and complexity of the Civil Rights movement in St. Augustine and elsewhere...from 1960s to today. Fine. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Black cloth spine, red cloth boards, screenprinted. Large 4to. np. Illus. (color plates). Numbered limited edition, this being 11 of 11. Signed by the artist. Item #10518