Photo by Clennon L. King | AugustineMonica Films


Mimi Jones was one of seven civil rights activists that demonstrated a swim-in at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, FL on June 18, 1964. Shortly after Jones and the other activists entered the pool, the manager poured acid into the pool. Then an officer jumped in to arrest her and the others. Her expression to this was captured in a photo and has become iconic globally.

After that circulating photo and a few others caught the attention of then President Johnson, the Civil Right Act of 1964 was passed. Mimi continued her fight for civil right causes after this. She passed away last year on July26, 2020 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.


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