Historic Lincolnville house on sale — where Martin Luther King stayed in June 1964

Photos by Connor Cornell

Historic Residential Property at 156 Martin Luther King Avenue, St. Augustine, Florida Offered for Sale

The Janie Price Home at 156 Martin Luther King Avenue in St. Augustine, Florida will be listed for sale for the first time since being built in 1952! The home is historically significant regarding the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

The property will be listed for sale in the Saint Johns County Multiple Listing Service and the North East Florida Multiple Listing Service by Rebecca Romaine, Broker Associate, on June 29, 2023 with an asking price of $675,000. The home is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath concrete block, 1,245 square foot cottage with a Florida room, large back yard and a detached garage. Most of the original details of the home remain to this day. The Price Family has occupied the property since it was built.

During the 1940s Janie Young Price studied nursing at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. While she was there she attended dances with students from Morehouse College — one of them was a teenager named Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Dr. King came to St. Augustine during the campaign that led to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, he stayed at 156 Martin Luther King Avenue (formerly Central Avenue). On June 12, 1964, Dr. King and his colleague, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, ate a breakfast of fish and grits with biscuits, prepared by Mrs. Price’s brother, Virgil F. Young, Sr. before Dr. King’s arrest at the Monson Motor Lodge.

This is the room where Martin Luther King Jr. stayed at 156 Martin Luther King Avenue in St. Augustine, Florida.

Cynthia Young Dukes, Mrs. Price’s niece says, “My aunt was a strong, wise, courageous and caring woman. She never met a stranger and if she could help you she would.” Price was given the “Mother of the Movement” award from the Network of Outstanding Women in the Power of Pink Summit 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Working with Mrs. Price’s niece, Cynthia, and her family has been very rewarding. I am genuinely appreciative to have been entrusted with such a substantial responsibility,” said Realtor Rebecca Romaine.

In addition to the significant history regarding the Civil Rights movement, The Price family has lived in this home for 71 years! I hope the next owners can carry on their legacy in some way.” 

A Community-wide Broker Open will be held from 4-7 p.m. July 7 ,with open houses TBA on July 8-9.

Rebecca Romaine is a Broker Associate/Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in St. Augustine, Florida and has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2011.

All photos by Connor Cornell

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