3 Saint Augustine opened its doors to this brand new exhibit today at the city's welcome center... to help celebrate 450 years of African- American history. And today's opening, couldn't have been MORE appropriate ... falling on the same day as the Dr.Martin Luther King Junior holiday. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem was there, and spoke with visitors who called the whole experience, educational and eye-opening. 3 0-515-2035-3955-1:00Powerful photos...original documents... and authentic objects, helping us better understand the events that shaped the civil rights movement.The new African American History exhibit officially opened today.We got to talk to visitors seeing it for the first time.Connie Giataninis, Museum Visitor 20:01 The exhibit is artfully done it tells the flavor of yesterday and it lets you understand how people have worked so hard to become one unit The city commission contributed more than $240,000 for the exhibit. The Tourist Development Council's grant also put in more than $50,000.It took about a year to get it ready to show...Angelina King, Museum Visitor 23:02 This is a way of celebrating kind of putting into perspective the 450 years of where African Americans and all people SU: 30:17 a lot of local history in this exhibit- even fingerprints from when Martin Luther King Jr.was here in St. Augustine in 1964 and was arrested.St. Augustine Mayor 28:54 It's a part of history that we're not proud of but it is a part of history and we need to tell the good the bad and everything that lead to things being changed One of the things you'll learn by touring the exhibit is the first free black settlement was in St.Augustine-- at Fort Mose).Visitors say it was a good learning experience and thankful for the progress that's been made...Johnny, Museum Visitor 21:21 I couldn't imagine being treated like that or being able to treat someone like that and be able to sleep at night CLOSE: 30:29 The exhibit is free for anyone living in St. Johns County all you have to do is bring your ID. From STA AM C4 TLS.