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Celebrate Black History Month

 

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January 31, 2013
Celebrate Black History Month
Events Planned at St. Augustine’s Fort Mose,
First Free African Settlement in the United States
         ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2013) – St. Augustine holds a unique place in the history of African-Americans in the United States as the location of the first legally sanctioned free African-American town in Noth America. Several events are planned during Black History Month and throughout the year.
From St. Augustine’s earliest days through the turbulent 1960s, African-Americans have played key roles in the city’s history and development. This vital contribution by people of color is well-documented, but not well-known.
In 1738 in Spanish Florida, former slaves escaping their English masters foundedGracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, a military community, which is today known as Fort Mose. Fort Mose Historic State Park is located three miles north of St. Augustine’s city gate.
Events:
Flight to Freedom Fort Mose
February 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fort Mose Historical State Park
Unique living history event depicts the flight of slaves from the British colonies to St. Augustine’s Fort Mose where they are freed by the Spanish. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. there will be guided tours, food, drumming and music, authentic historic reenactors, colonial weapons demonstrations and more. It all takes place at Fort Mose Historic State Park, located at 15 Fort Mose Trail just north of St. Augustine. Free shuttle service from the Old Jail at 167 San Marco Ave. will be provided. Admission to the park is $2 per person.  904-823-2232 http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001R_BaUMFYS6xZvzyQYOqtmGfUcFeqsnHa34M2KDj810N3Lpw_1hhlWTyi6yx5yaI-B3ggkmc9UqcBziINbyqoCNyQJ-5satSW7m6OhFAN5m1a1EQ5iNgGqz16rdTrotzcG2KYG13eghFH6YYjE_Tk0XUJIAAO2dfG
The Birthplace of Freedom, Story of Fort Mose Lecture Series
February 6 and 13, 7 p.m., Flagler Room at Flagler College
In commemoration of Black History Month, and in conjunction with the annual “Flight to Freedom” heritage event at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the Fort Mose Historical Society ( www.fortmose.org ) announces the first two lectures in a series.   February 6 “Fort Mose: Thirty Years of Discovery” with Dr. Jane Landers & Dr. Kathleen Deagan;February 13 “Uncertain Freedom – Africans in Spanish Florida” with Dr. Susan R. Parker and “The Odyssey of an African Slave” with Dr. Patricia C. Griffin
Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration
June 22, 2013, Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration will be held at the park. Exciting reenactment of the 1740 Battle of “Bloody Mose” which forced the British to retreat from Spanish Florida. www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
In addition to Fort Mose, the city played other significant roles in the history of African-Americans in the country.
Freed at the end of the Civil War, former local slaves created the Lincolnville district of St. Augustine-an area that has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1963 and 1964, Civil Rights demonstrations in St. Augustine and the violent attempts to stop them gained national and international media attention. In St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion, the Andrew Young Crossing commemorates the June 9, 1964 Civil Rights march led by Young and there is a monument dedicated to the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers who participated in the Civil Rights Movement.

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