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Bouquets to Longtime Civil Rights Activist Robert B. Hayling

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Bouquets to longtime civil rights activist Robert B. Hayling of St. Augustine for being awarded the city’s most prestigious honor, the Order of la Florida. Hayling, who ran an integrated dental practice, served as the head of the St. Augustine chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was an adviser to the NAACP Youth Council. Hayling was severely beaten after he and three friends were abducted at gunpoint while watching a KKK rally. St. Augustine's Civil Rights Movement took center stage in 1964 with the arrival of prominent leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was arrested along with Hayling for nonviolent protests.

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