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St. Augustine's public market was a vital part of the town's original layout. The grid design of the central plaza and city streets adhered to King Phillip II's royal decree of 1598, which put forth an official town plan for all Spanish colonial towns. The plaza included the public marketplace bordered by the cathedral and Government House, where the governor could oversee the market. The market provided a storefront for residents to offer goods for sale to the general public.
St. Augustine's plaza has seen several versions of a public market facility. The current one is the first masonry structure, built in 1824 for a more sanitary environment to sell food. Originally, there was a bell in the cupola to call villagers to market day.
St. Augustine's first generation of tour guides turned the town's public market pavilion into a novel attraction by calling it the Old Slave Market. During the civil rights movement, the market became a symbolic place for local demonstrations. Martin Luther King, Jr. was among the local activists who were assaulted and arrested at this site.

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Additional Photos by Asa Jernigan (asajernigan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3592 W: 88 N: 5553] (21427)
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