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.
Black History Month, as many know, highlights the historical journey of African-Americans. This month, St. Augustine showcases its second-year exhibit of, Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience, an experience rooted in the nation’s “Oldest City”, with a history dating the very first freed African-American settlement.
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
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 eager to find out more about the birth of the African-American experience in the United States and its origins in St. Augustine.
Walking through this stunning display of Black History is like eye candy for the designer’s soul. From the boldfaced “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.
Take a moment to look through my photos of this elaborate and modern display of Black History.
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.
Visitor Information Center
10 W. Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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.