Flight to Freedom 2018

Flight to Freedom 2018

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Fort Mose will host their annual Flight to Freedom event, which recreates the experience of the hundreds of slaves who traveled to Fort Mose in search of freedom in America’s first Underground Railroad.

The annual event takes place during February in commemoration of Black History Month and features historical demonstrations and guided walks along the park’s Freedom Trail, which represents the journey of escaping slaves from coastal Carolina to Spanish Florida.

Visitors to Fort Mose are taken on the Freedom Trail by a guide every 15 minutes on the hour, the quarter hour and half hour, with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a booth on-site to sign up for the tour. Cannon and musket firings are held on the hour and half hour. Other living history demonstrations take place throughout the day.

Hundreds of freedom seekers fled slavery in the British colonies and came to Fort Mose in Spanish Florida from 1687 until 1763, when Spanish Florida. The flight came to an end in 1763, when the British took control of Florida from Spain, thus ending Florida’s run as a sanctuary. The experience of this perilous journey and the historical context in which it occurred is re-created by living history demonstrators in this annual Fort Mose event.

For more information, call (904) 823-2234 or visit here.

The fort is open to school groups on all three days. For information on booking a school group, contact Suzanne Lamb​ at Fort Mose Historic State Park, at (904) 823-2234.

Admission: Admission to the park grounds and to the event are free. The fee for the on-site museum is $2 per person, but entrance to the museum is not necessary for those who wish to participate in the event, which takes place outdoors.

When: Fort Mose’s Flight to Freedom is open to the public and school groups on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 8, 9, and 10, 2018, from 9:00 a.m to 3 p.m.

Where: Fort Mose State Park is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail, just north of St. Augustine’s historic district.

Fort Mose is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The settlement was chartered by the Spanish governor of Florida in 1738, and was called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose. It served as a haven for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Fort Mose has been recognized for its national significance and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

The Annual Flight to Freedom heritage Event is sponsored by Florida Living History, Inc., Fort Mose Historic State Park, and the Fort Mose Historical Society, with the support of volunteers from the Fort Mose Militia and other historical re-enactment groups. Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by a grant to the Fort Mose Historical Society by the Florida Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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