Annual Flight to Freedom heritage event this weekend

275-FL-LIVING-HISTORY-SEALVolunteers from Florida Living History, Inc., in partnership with Fort Mose Historic State Park and Fort Mose Historical Society, will participate in retelling the saga of travelers fleeing from the tyranny of English slavery in the Carolinas and Georgia to freedom in Spanish Florida on America’s first “Underground Railroad” on February 13, 2016.

Historic City News readers are encouraged to participate in this unique, living-history event, where they will travel back in time and experience the journey to Fort Mose and freedom.

Part of the educational efforts for America’s Black History Month 2016, the annual Flight to Freedom heritage Event includes “Freedom Trail” guided tours, colonial Spanish military drills, and period foodways demonstrations. 

Fort Mose Historic State Park, located at 15 Fort Mose Trail, is the site of the fortified town of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., established in 1738.  Times for the Flight to Freedom heritage Event are:

  • Thursday, February 11 – 9AM to 2PM – school tours of the Event and site; by appointment with Park management only;
  • Friday, February 12 – 9AM to 2PM – school tours of the Event and site; by appointment with Park management only;
  • Saturday, February 13 – 9AM to 3PM; PUBLIC DAY – the Event and site will be open to the general public.

Admission to this heritage Event is free of charge to the public. There is a Museum admission fee of $2.00 per adult; children, age 5 and younger, are free. 

The U.S. National Park Service has named the annual Flight to Freedom heritage Event as a Member Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.  For more information on the Flight to Freedom heritage Event, please contact: Dr. Richard Shortlidge / Florida Living History, Inc. –  Financial support for this Event is provided, in part, by Florida Living History, Inc., the Fort Mose Historical Society, and the Florida Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Founded in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2009, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), is a community based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Florida’s colonial and territorial history, using living-history programs, demonstrations, and recreated portrayals of significant historical events. FLH’s numerous heritage Events are funded solely through corporate/private donations, FLH fund-raising, and state/national grants. No local public funds are utilized. FLH supports educational initiatives that promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Florida’s, and America’s, rich and diverse heritage, follow us on Facebook.

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