Celebrate African-American History Month throughout Florida

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Fort Mose Historic Re-enactors ©Florida Park Service

Fort Mose Historic Re-enactors ©Florida Park Service

 

Celebrate African-American History Month on your Florida vacation

Take a history buff vacation this month – battle reenactments, educational displays and interactive programs about African-American history are throughout Florida, from St. Augustine to the Keys.

African-American history in Florida

From America’s first free black settlement at Fort Mose Historic State Park to an Underground Railroad site at the lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Florida has many sites that are part of African-American history, and the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. History will come to life in several state parks throughout this month with the following events:

Civil War Heritage Days

From Feb. 10th -12th, more than 100 re-enactors bring the Civil War to life in Key West’s Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. From artillery demonstrations to land skirmishes, you’ll be back in the 1860s.

Flight to Freedom

Steeped in history, escaped slaves found refuge in  Fort Mose Historic State Park in the 1700s and  re-enactors dressed in period costume will take you back to those times. From colonial Spanish military drills to cannon demonstrations, you’ll also experience African drumming on February 11th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Olustee Battle Re-enactment

On Feb. 20, 1864,  artillery, cavalry and three African-American regiments fought against Confederate soldiers in the Battle of Olustee. On Sunday, Feb. 19th, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. it will be re-enacted at Olustee’s Battlefield Historic State Park. From Friday to Sunday, you’ll see everything from medical demonstrations to period music concerts, accurately portraying the lives soldiers and civilians led during the war.

8th Annual Santos Celebration

Every year, a softball game memorializes the predominantly African-American community of Santos, a town on the Negro League Baseball circuit back in the 1890s. Unfortunately Santos was displaced when the Cross Florida Barge Canal was built in the 1930s, but on February 25th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway in Ocala, step back in time.

Tell us…

Do you celebrate African-American History month in Florida or when you’re on vacation?