The fight to remove confederate-era monuments has settled securely into St. Augustine, Fla., the ancient seaside town that also hosted a civil rights movement in the 1960s. The modern movement is led largely by Rev. Ron Rawls. Rawls is the pastor of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in historic Lincolnville, which was often used as a meeting place in the 1960s for the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his supporters.
On Nov. 18, it was chosen as the starting point for a rally to remove the confederate-era monuments in downtown St. Augustine. Over 100 people marched from St. Paul A.M.E. church to the Plaza de la Constitución.
Connell Crooms is the man in the mural.
It’s nearly impossible to miss him. He is 150 feet tall, depicted in black and white beside a fellow activist, Palestinian-American Sara Mahmoud. They are each painted on their own massive silo, back-to-back, with their giant eyes downcast. They watch over downtown Jacksonville, Florida, situated directly across from Everbank Field, where the Jaguars football team plays.