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Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy arrested for protesting segregation at Monson Motor Lodge
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Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy were among those arrested for protesting segregation at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida. On June 18, 1964 Abernathy and other protesters returned to desegregate the pool. "You can't do that. Get out!" screamed motel manager James Brock. They didn't move. Brock came back with a container of hydrochloric acid. "Ok," he said, "this is acid. Acid! If you don't get out, I'll pour it in the water." They didn't, so he did. The next day, Brock deposited an alligator in the pool to discourage activists. Brock was angry enough about the intrusion to also attack Movement-sympathetic rabbis who were holding a prayer service in the parking lot.

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