Three men, garbed in 16th century clothing and gear

Political History

Studying the past of St. Augustine through the lens of the city's political movements and leaders can help us to better understand the full history of the 'Ancient City'.


African slave, Haitian revolutionary, Spanish general, and Florida's only black caudillo. When Jorge Biassou arrived in St. Augustine in 1796, he was already a legend in his own time.

Hailed as the 'father' of St. Augustine's Civil Rights Movement, Robert B. Hayling was a dentist, activist, and father. His dental office had the first integrated waiting room in the city.