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St. Augustine to Celebrate Rich African American History During Black History Month

By Multicultural Travel News

St. Augustine, the birthplace of African American history, will host a series of culturally enriching and educational events to celebrate Black History Month.

The inaugural Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series will be held at the site of the first free Black settlement in what is now the United States. St. Augustine’s other historic sites will tell important stories about the enslaved and freed Black Americans who spent time in the city, through special tours, making the city the ideal destination this February.

 Discover Fort Mose Jazz and Blues Series, Feb. 11-25, 2022 – Over three weekends, world-class jazz and blues artists will perform at Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned, free African settlement in what is now the United States. The event will honor both the rich history of American music and the legacy of the historic site that is a National Historic Landmark and a precursor site of the National Underground Railroad Network. Proceeds from this event will support the construction of an on-site fort representation and the development of interpretive resources. For more information, visit discoverfortmose.com

“I Lived Here, As Well” Tours at Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, Feb. 1-28 – The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, a 220+-year-old boarding house, will host tours highlighting the experience of the African-descended people who were enslaved or working as servants at this house. The “I Lived Here, As Well” tours will be told by the people who may have spent their entire lives at the boarding house, yet never used the front door. For more information, visit www.ximenezfatiohouse.org/ilhaw;

 Tours of the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum with Historian David Nolan, Feb. 12, 19 & 26 – Local historian David Nolan will be conducting limited tours of the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum,the first civil rights museum in Florida, on select dates. Tours are free, but donations are welcomed. RSVPs are required and should be made by emailing info@historiccoastculture.com;

 Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center is an African American history museum located in the Lincolnville neighborhood of Saint Augustine. The neighborhoodspanning 45 blocks on the southwest peninsula of St. Augustine, was established by freedmen after the Civil War. Lincolnville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and played a major role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The museum is housed in the historic Excelsior School Building, which served as the first public Black high school in St. Johns County in 1925. For more information, visit www.lincolnvillemuseum.org;

The ACCORD Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking tour made up of 31 historic civil rights markers throughout the community that tell the story of how St. Augustine became the final thrust for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information, visit www.accordfreedomtrail.org. For more information about Black history in St. Augustine, visit the St. Johns Cultural Council’s website www.historiccoastculture.com.

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