Couples, families, and groups were out last Saturday to learn about Fort Mose’s (pronounced Mo’say) history. Attendance was diverse in age, gender, and ethnicity.
Pictured is the Palm Coast Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, youth that accompanied them, and a few re-enactors from the day’s event.
More on Fort Mose Historic State Park coming soon.
Stumbled upon…Zora Neale Hurston, a Florida Historic Landmark. Located along King Street in St. Augustine Florida
Rapper/Entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle is part of a committee that includes California African American Museum director, Naima Keith. The committee is overseeing Destination Crenshaw a 1.3 mile open-air museum that will celebrate “Black Angelenos” – the contributions of African Americans in Los Angeles and throughout the nation
Check out the LA Times story written by Makeda Easter entitled, “Destination Crenshaw Art Project Aims to Reclaim the Neighborhood for Black L.A.”
Heading to St. Augustine Florida this week. Going to cover the annual “Flight to Freedom” event at Fort Mose Historic Park.
The Fort Mose Historical Society will host daily events beginning Thursday Feb 7, concluding Saturday Feb 9
I am currently reading “Fort Mose And The Story of The Man Who Built The First Free Black Settlement In Colonial America” written by Glennette Tilley Turner.
A few historical facts shared in the book:
- Zora Neale Hurston uncovered and published information about Fort Mose in a 1927 issue of the Journal of Negro History
- In 1985 the Black Caucus of the Florida State Legislature secured funding to further Fort Mose research efforts
Because of changes in the water level over the years, all of the original Fort Mose site is underwater.
Fort Mose Historic Park recognizes the contributions of Francisco Menendez. A West African brought over the America during the Transatlantic Slave Trade
…To be continued.
The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is conveniently located near Howard University, the U Street corridor, and the Spirit of Freedom sculpture. A WMATA train practically pulls up to it’s front door.
It was happenstance, the day that a friend and I visited the museum and found Virginia Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl success there addressing a captive audience. Also to my surprise was the presence of African American Civil War re-enactors (living historians) there in full garb.
The African American Civil War Memorial Museum is one of the lesser talked about cultural resources in Washington DC. It should be experienced at least once by locals and those visiting town. Tomorrow Friday February 1, 2019 will be a great opportunity to do so.
Washington, DC FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2019 DC Black History Celebration Committee Presents “Black History Month Kickoff Celebration” 6-8 PM at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. The program will include a keynote speaker, a community awards ceremony, followed by a reception.
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