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Third Annual ‘Battle Of Bloody Mose’ Commemoration on June 26 in St Augustine

Saturday, June 23, will bring the 3rd annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration to St Augustine. 

In the early morning hours of June 26, 1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (mo-SAY), the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s portion of the War of Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around them. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, Los Presidiales de San Agustín/The Presidiales of St. Augustine, a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), along with Fort Mose Historic State Park ( www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/ ) and the Fort Mose Historical Society ( www.fortmose.org/ ), will host the third, annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration. The Battle of Bloody Mose historical re-enactment will take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park, in St. Augustine, Florida. White, black, and Native American living-history volunteers from across the state and from Georgia – including the Fort Mose Militia and Clann Nan Con/The Highland Independent Company of Darien – will present heritage interpretations and demonstrations, such as:

• 10-11:30AM – step back in time to June 25, 1740 – British-occupied Fort Mose and Spanish San

Agustín, the day before the fateful battle; children will have the opportunity to become Colonial Ranger

Scouts;

• 11:30AM – the first re-enactment of the “Battle of Bloody Mose” by Spanish and British troops;

• Noon -1PM – the presentation of a period Spanish play by FLH’s member unit, Theater with a Mission;

African dancing and drumming presented by Who’s Knockin’ Entertainment;

• 1:30-2:30PM – step back in time to June 25, 1740 – British-occupied Fort Mose and Spanish San

Agustín, the day before the fateful battle; children will have the opportunity to become Colonial Ranger

Scouts;

• 2:30PM – the second re-enactment of the “Battle of Bloody Mose” by Spanish and British troops;

• meet and talk with 18th-century living historians throughout the day.

Admission to this heritage Event is free. There is a Museum admission fee of $2.00 per adult; children age 5 and younger are free.

In addition to the Battle of Bloody Mose heritage Event, on Sunday, June 24th, the National Park Service will host The Gullah Geechee and Black Seminole Diaspora Cultural Heritage Festival at Fort Mose Historic State Park. From 11AM to 6PM, the festival will highlight the traditional crafts, language, music, and foodways of the Gullah Geechee and Black Seminole Diaspora that developed in Florida, the Caribbean, the Indian Territories, Texas, and Mexico. Admission to the Cultural Heritage Festival is free. For more information on the Gullah Geechee and Black Seminole Diaspora Cultural Heritage Festival, please contact Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe at Turkiya_lowe@nps.gov .

The National Park Service (NPS) and The Organization of American Historians (OAH) have named the annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as a Member Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The NPS and the OAH have also designated the Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as an “affiliated conference event” of the NPS/OAH 2012 National Underground Railroad Conference – Escaping to Destinations South: The Underground Railroad, Cultural Identity, and Freedom Along the Southern Borderlands – to be held in St. Augustine, Florida, on June 20-24, 2012.

For details on this national conference, please go to www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm or www.oah.org/programs/nps/2012ugrr/index.html . Florida Living History, Inc., is honored to have been chosen as a Network to Freedom Partner, part of the National Park Service’s (NPS) National Underground Railroad

Network to Freedom program ( www.nps.gov/ugrr ).

Partners in the Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration 2012 include:

Fort Mose Historic State Park – www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose ;

• The Fort Mose Historical Society – www.fortmose.org/;

• Mission Nombre de Dios – www.missionandshrine.org/;

• The Museum of Florida History – www.museumoffloridahistory.com/;

• The St. Augustine Historical Society – www.staugustinehistoricalsociety.org/;

• The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum – www.staugustinelighthouse.org/;

• Viva Florida 500 – www.visitflorida.com/viva;

• Who’s Knockin’ Entertainment – http://whosknockin.com/;

• And others!

This annual Battle of Bloody Mose heritage Event is sponsored by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational Florida Living History, Inc., by Fort Mose Historic State Park, and by The Fort Mose Historical Society, with the support of volunteers from the Fort Mose Militia and other historical re-enactment groups. Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by the generosity of NTE Energy, LLC (www.nteenergy.com ).

 

Founded in 2010, Los Presidiales de San Agustín is a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., portraying the Spanish soldiery and families of Florida’s presidio of San Agustín during the War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739-1743). For more information on Los Presidiales de San Agustín, please contact us at info@floridalivinghistory.org or phone us, toll-free, at 1-877-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478)!

Los Presidiales de San Agustín is a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the support of living history activities, events, and portrayals related to the history of colonial Florida. www.floridalivinghistory.org/

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