Castillo by Candlelight: Story of Fort Mose

275-Fort-Mose-Press-ReleaseJill Leverett announced to local Historic City News reporters that in honor of the important African American heritage of this community, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will host a special evening event on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

In this special partnership, volunteers bring to life the important legacy of Fort Mose as the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what would become the United States.

“Guests can follow the dangerous journey of a Freedom Seeker escaping from a life in slavery to a new life of freedom in Spanish Florida,” Leverett told local reporters.  “Overhear the conversations of people met along the way – some hoping to help the Freedom Seeker, others hoping to return the slave to owners in the English colonies to the north.”

Programs will last about 45 minutes each, departing from the ticket booth at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30 pm. Nonrefundable tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and go on sale two weeks prior to the event.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket booth or by phone by calling (904) 829-6506 ext. 232. Space is limited. The cost is $10 per adult ages 16 and up, $5 per child ages 5 to 15, and children under 5 free.

This event is made possible through a partnership with the Fort Mose Historical Society and the Florida Park Service.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument preserves the oldest fortification in the continental United States, a unique specimen of Spanish military architecture and engineering, related cultural resources, and their architectural, political, and social history. Learn more at

Fort Mose Historic State Park, designated as a National Historic Landmark, preserves the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. Learn more at

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