A day before the Senate voted to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mimi Jones joined six other civil rights activists in leaping into a Whites-only motel pool in St. Augustine, Fla. Moments later, the motel’s manager emerged with a jug of muriatic acid, a cleaning agent, and poured it into the water.
“I’m cleaning pool!” he yelled.
Diluted by the water, the acid irritated Ms. Jones’s face and eyes but otherwise left the protesters unharmed. And as a White crowd cheered nearby — “Arrest them! Get the dogs!” — an out-of-uniform police officer dove into the water, wearing everything but his shoes.
Ms. Jones and her fellow swimmers were hauled off to jail, along with a group of more than 40 other civil rights protesters, including 16 rabbis, who had tried to dine at the Monson Motor Lodge’s Whites-only restaurant.
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