October 25, 2014
EVENT CANCELED-- FLIGHT TO FREEDOM: THE BLACK SEMINOLES
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Date: October 25, 2014 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED Not all of those who escaped from slavery on the British plantations in Georgia and the Carolinas found sanctuary among the Spanish. The Yamasee and later the Seminoles afforded many freedom seekers the opportunity to live among them and become members of their communities. This avenue to freedom became more important to freedom seekers when East and West Florida were British Colonies from 1763 to 1784 and plantation slavery became more widespread. Even when Florida was returned to Spain following the War of Independence (1784 to 1821), the granting of freedom was tenuous at best as political pressure and threats of military action from the newly formed United States of America mounted. Spain finally caved in and closed Florida as a sanctuary for freedom seekers in 1790. With this official door to freedom shut, the only other realistic option for slaves living far from the free states to the north was to escape into the interior swamps and hammocks to live among the Seminoles and join them in their own fight for freedom in the years before the Civil War began in 1861. This program tells the Black Seminole story as Fort Mose’s contribution to the nation’s celebration of Native American Month.
Fees: Regular park entry fees apply
Contact: Contact park for more information.
Directions: From St. Augustine: From downtown St. Augustine, drive north on A1A. At the carousel (you read it correctly), continue straight north on San Marco. (A1A turns right towards Vilano Beach. Don't go that way.) San Marco merges with Hwy 1. Shortly after the merge, look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.
OR: From Hwy 1 in St. Augustine, drive north past Hwy 16. Look for a bronze statue on the right and a sign for Fort Mose. Turn right on Fort Mose Trail. Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.
From Jacksonville: Drive south on Hwy 1. Turn left on Fort Mose Trail. (If you pass Hwy 16 you've missed Fort Mose Trail.) Fort Mose Trail dead ends into Fort Mose picnic area and parking lot.