Unidentified: Looking For Names And Stories In The Archives

Images in Governor’s House Library’s collection reveal the faces of those responsible for the excavations and reconstruction of colonial St. Augustine between the 1960s and 1980s – many of which were Black men. The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board hired general laborers to systematically recover foundations and source building materials – enabling the restoration and reconstruction of houses, shops, and outbuildings. While the physical record of their craftsmanship, labor, and expertise remains visible in our streets today, their stories and names are more elusive. In honor of their work, we will be sharing photographs found in our collection. If you have any information related to the people featured here, please leave a comment bellow or send us a message.


Arrivas House
1961-1962 | 46 St. George Street

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Gallegos House
1962-1963 | 21 St. George Street

  • A black and white photograph of three people pouring tabby into wood forms.
  • A black and white photograph of four people tamping wet tabby.
  • A black and white photograph of two people finishing the cement floor of a porch.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Oliveros House
1964-1965 | 59 St. George Street

A black and white photograph of four people placing coquina blocks for walls of a structure.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Florencia House
1965 | 33 St. George Street

  • A black and white photograph of a man driving a bulldozer with a partially demolished structure behind him.
  • A black and white photograph of three men expecting a mostly demolished structure.
  • A black and white photograph of two men uncovering structure foundations.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


De Hita House
1965 | 37 St. George Street

  • A black and white photograph of four people at a construction site for a structure.
  • A black and white photograph of three people working on a partially constructed structure.
  • A black and white photograph of two people looking into the doorways of a structure under construction.
  • A black and white photograph of a man standing by the exterior of a mostly constructed building.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Sims House
1966 | 12 Charlotte Street

A black and white photograph of a man on a latter painting the window seal of wooden structure.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Ortega House
1967-1968 | 70 St. George Street

  • A black and white photograph of a man standing in an excavated well.
  • A black and white photograph of a man spraying water from a hose onto a wet screen.
  • A color photograph of a seated man wearing a yellow hard hat looking at a corner of a structure interior under construction.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Benet Store
1967 | 62 St. George Street

  • A color photograph of a person wearing a yellow hard hat standing among piles of bricks from a deconstructed building.
  • A black and white photograph of three people working examining an uncovered structure's foundation at a construction site.
  • A color photograph of a person wearing a yellow hard hat walking next to a structure under construction.
  • A color photograph of person wearing a yellow hard hat using a power saw on a fallen pine tree.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Watson House
1968 | 206 Charlotte Street

A black and white photograph of a person standing on scaffolding inside of a coquina stone building under construction.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


Governor’s House
1968 | 48 King Street

A black and white photograph of a person with a jackhammer in a deconstructed room interior.

IMAGES IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE


This Black History Month explore our archives further along with other local institutions through Resilience: Black Heritage In St. Augustine at blackheritagestaugustine.omeka.net.

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