Attended a screening of “Sweet Auburn Blues” at the APEX Museum. The film features social activists Harry Belafonte and Kathleen Cleaver alongside business owners from Auburn Avenue.
Image 2: owners of Havana Cigars & Image 3: Ricci of the Madame CJ Walker Museum.
The film, produced by Soul Force Productions will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting TV, Feb 24 2019.
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.
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.