Flight to Freedom: Fort Mose Historic Park

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.

(Washington, DC) Black History Month Kickoff Celebration at African American Civil War Memorial Museum

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.

🖤 #VisitBlackHistory ⚡️

Dr. James Eaton – FAMU Black Archives

Story published July 15, 1993 in the Atlanta Constitution “A Man and His Museum”

In 1971 legislation was passed in Florida that mandated the creation of a repository to “serve the state by collecting and preserving source material on and about African Americans from ancient to present times.” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University became home to that repository.

Dr. James N. Eaton was a history professor at FAMU and embarked on the task of collecting black memorabilia and artifacts.

The pictures news article states that Eaton is standing at a podium once used by Booker T. Washington and other well known African American orators. “Eaton was cruising interstate 95 in Georgia…he was in a truck stop when he saw near the Rebel flags and ceramic Jesus statues a ‘Jolly N****r Bank’…a relic of Jim Crow times.”

The Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum was renamed Meek- Eaton Black Archives after Dr. James N. Eaton’s passing in 2004 🕊

[source: FAMU & Kenan Research Center]

(Riceboro, GA) Sugar Cane Harvest

Footage collected on November 24th, 2018 at the 14th Annual Geechee Kunda Sugar Cane Harvest. The event was held at the Geechee Kunda Cultural Center located in Riceboro, Georgia.

Dr. Jamal Amir Toure, cultural historian, community leader and professor at Savannah State University emceed the event.

Riceboro was established between 1756 – 1757 and was named “for the early rice industry in the area.” Enslaved persons in the area were subjected to labor on rice plantations.

Geechee Kunda Cultural Center was founded in 2000 by Jim and Pat Bacote.

video clip contains field recordings collected during the 14th Annual Sugar Cane Harvest juxtaposed with photographs found in the Geechee Kunda Museum.

Visit GeecheeKunda.com for museum hours and event listing.

 

Martin Luther King, Sr. Heritage Trail

Pictured is a custom street pole banner which can be found along Georgia’s Stockbridge Main Street. One of 90+ Main Street programs in the state of Georgia, Stockbridge Main Street established the Martin Luther King, Sr. Heritage Trail in 2015.

Affectionately known as “Daddy King” Martin Luther King, Sr. was raised in Stockbridge, Georgia. As a youth he attended and would eventually teach his first sermon at Floyd Chapel Baptist Church (104 First St Stockbridge, GA). Regular Sunday services are held at the church 7:45 – 11 am.

There is a bridge in town, named Martin Luther King Sr. Bridge. City Hall has a commemorative plaque that details the King family’s connection to Stockbridge. 🖤#VisitBlackHistory ⚡️

Smithsonian Search for Black History Artifacts in Atlanta, 1991

In 1991, Claudine K. Brown visited Atlanta in search of African American artifacts and memorabilia that would go inside a future institution by the name of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Again her visit was in 1991. This article notes that in addition to viewing private collections, Ms. Brown also had plans to visit the Hammonds House, the Alonzo Herndon Home, APEX Museum, and Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. As Project Director, Ms. Brown’s Atlanta visit focused on meeting a deadline to determine if there were enough artifacts to fill a Black History museum. We all know the answer to that question now, don’t we?

A quick Google search reveals that Ms. Claudine K. Brown left the Smithsonian in the 1990s due to the institution’s failure to establish NMAAHC during that time, this shortcoming was influenced by political opposition from former U.S. Senator, the late James Helms, Jr. (NC).

Eventually, NMAAHC would open its doors to the public on September 24, 2016. Ms. Brown passed 5 months prior -March 27, 2016 (aged 67) 🕊

[source: news article on file at Kenan Research Center]