Black History Month, St. Augustine Celebrates Freedom with Journey

A St. Augustine Exhibit

Black History, a Journey 450 Years Long

 

The American Slave Trade is thought by many to be the dawn of black history in the United States. There are legends in the deep south of slavery, and in the north of patriots that ultimately waged war on this trade. However, there is more to the story than that. There is more to Black History in the United States than just slavery and freedom. It begins in St. Augustine with the first African-Americans, the first enslaved Africans and the first freed ones.

Outside of the exhibit by Christa Thompson 2014

Outside of the exhibit by Christa Thompson 2014

Black History Month, as many know, highlights the historical journey of African-Americans. This month, St. Augustine showcases it’s second year exhibit of, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience, an experience rooted in the nation’s “Oldest City”, with history dating the very first freed African-American settlement.

A historic scene depicted. By Christa Thompson 2014

A historic scene depicted. By Christa Thompson 2014

The first freed Black settlement was established here; the Emancipation Proclamation was read here; on the very streets that were laid down in 1573 by the Spanish Crown marched Civil Rights activists – nearly four centuries later – calling for the fundamental rights our country emanates.” -St. Augustine 450

The Fairytale Traveler’s Tale

At the entrance by Christa Thompson 2014

At the entrance by Christa Thompson 2014

I had no idea “Black History” was so deep rooted in Florida. So, when I was asked by the good folks at Florida’s Historic Coast to attend the opening of this exhibit, I was I was eager to find out more about the birth of the African-American experience in the United states and it origins in St. Augustine.

You could see the interest in people as they inspected the artifacts. By Christa Thompson 2014

You could see the interest in people as they inspected the artifacts. By Christa Thompson 2014

Walking through this stunning display of Black History is like eye candy for the designer’s soul. From the bold faced “Journey” at the entrance, to the displays of graphic design surrounding historical artifacts, this exhibit blends modern graphic art with history. There are four themes to work through as you “Journey” through black history -Genesis of the African-American Experience; Fortress of Freedom; Breaking the Chains; and Crossroads of Change.  It’s creative displays of original documents, authentic artifacts, compelling photos and historical scenes are both educational and easy to navigate.

Artifacts displayed nicely. By Christa Thompson 2014

Artifacts displayed nicely. By Christa Thompson 2014

Take a moment to look through my photos of this elaborate and modern display of Black History.

www.Journey2014.com

Exhibit Information:

Open from January 20 to July 15, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for youth 7-12; under 7 free. Free admission for military in uniform.

Location:

Visitor Information Center
10 W. Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084
904.825.1000

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WHERE TO STAY? HOW ABOUT THE OLDEST INN IN THE OLDEST CITY

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A full-bellied Little Fairytale Traveler with his smore's at the St. Francis Inn xx

A full-bellied Little Fairytale Traveler with his smore’s at the St. Francis Inn xx

We love the St. Francis Inn, I stay there every time I visit the nation’s oldest city. With a great staff and finely appointed, antiquated rooms, St. Francis Inn is a leader in hospitality in St. Augustine. Details like in-room Sherry, smore’s over the fire pit in their cozy courtyard (in winter months), a complimentary beer and local wine with appetizers social hour, and a one-of-a kind home made breakfast, this place always feels like going to grandma’s house.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

3 Comments on this post

  1. It looks like a thought provoking and inspiring exhibit!

    Vanessa / Reply
  2. Great post on a topic that I love to learn more about. I studied American Literature as part of my degree, and stories of slavery and the relationship between black and white people in North America was fascinating. Its brilliant that exhibitions like this exist. If I’m ever around St Augustine, I’ll check out St Francis Inn

    Kate / Reply

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