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I. Artifact Name

Muriatic Acid (aka hydrochloric acid) Bottle used at the Monson Motor Lodge

II. Image

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III. Event Represented by the Artifact/Significance

Strategically planned event to end segregation at motel pools. The pool at this motel was designated "white only." Whites who paid for motel rooms invited blacks to join them in the motel pool as their guests. This swim-in was planned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and two associates. The motel manager, in an effort to break up the party, poured a bottle of muriatic acid into the pool, hoping the swimmers would become scared and leave. One swimmer, who knew that the ratio of acid to pool water was so great that the acid was no longer a threat, drank some of the pool water to calm the other swimmers' fears.

IV. Date and Place


June 18th, 1964

St. Augustine, Florida

V. Multimedia Found on the Internet



VI. Original Multimedia

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VII. Map

St. Augustine, Florida
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VIII. Curators: Gary Barton, Ron Capes, Carey Matthews, Laura Westbrook




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