Three men, garbed in 16th century clothing and gear

Social History

Where political history explores the past through the lens of the State, social history helps us to better understand the interactions of groups of people. St. Augustine, Florida has been a multi-racial, multi-faith city from the beginnings of its history. Browse through the Social History category to explore the people, places, and resources that have shaped St. Augustine to this day.


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.

In seven short weeks, Zora Neale Hurston wrote the most popular novel in African-American literature, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). Her worldly travels brought her in and out of St. Augustine.