Harold George reported to Historic City News that a program about Florida’s role in the Underground Railroad would be held at the Anastasia Island Branch Library as part of the discussion that will culminate during the upcoming National Underground Railroad Conference in St Augustine.
The Underground Railroad shaped the culture of southern freedom seekers, such as the Gullah-Geechee and Black Seminole communities.
This program takes place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 9 at the Anastasia Island Branch Library, which is located at 124 Seagrove Main Street in St Augustine Beach.
Looking ahead to June 20 – 24, the National Underground Railroad Conference, topics include stories of southern freedom seekers during the War of 1812 and the American Civil War, in commemoration of the 200th and 150th anniversaries, respectively.
“Escaping to Destinations South: The Underground Railroad, Cultural Identity, and
Freedom along the Southern Borderlands”, will explore how southern freedom seekers seized opportunities to escape slavery into Spanish Florida, the Caribbean Islands, Indian Territory, Texas, and Mexico.
The conference will culminate with a cultural festival highlighting traditional crafts, language, music, and foodways.