African-American Heritage in St. Augustine
Wound throughout the charming streets of historic St. Augustine, centuries’ worth of African American heritage are alive and well. From the United States’ first settlement of free African Americans at Fort Mose, to Lincolnville – the neighborhood that played a major role in United States history – St. Augustine proves why the African American story is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. Journey through these fabled streets with this free African American Heritage Itinerary. We’ve included suggestions for historical landmarks, museums and attractions, as well as lodging and dining recommendations.
MORNING | Breakfast and Linconville
Named after Abraham Lincoln, Lincolnville was established shortly after the Civil War by newly freed black Americans. What began as a cluster of plantation squatter shacks known as “Africa” eventually boasted the city’s largest collection of Victorian homes. Indeed, Lincolnville is a place that has lived every phase of America’s racial journey.
The Blue Hen Café
Unique café offering fresh and locally-sourced Southern cuisine for breakfast and lunch, located in St. Augustine’s historic Lincolnville neighborhood.
The Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center
Explore the museum and its collection of exhibits on African-American history and culture in northeast Florida from the 1700s to today.
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
Explore the holy place where Martin Luther King preached in 1964. His presence made it famous in St. Augustine's black history and the church's permanent tribute to African heritage made it a hotbed of Civil Rights activity.
St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours Inc.
Further your learning and understanding of the African-American Journey with a FREE guided tour through 10 different historical sites. Groups depart the Tour St. Augustine office located at 4 Granada Street.
ACCORD Freedom Trail Self-Guided Audio Tour
Follow markers describing civil rights-related events and people at more than 30 sites on the ACCORD Freedom Trail. Brochures for the ACCORD Freedom Trail’s self-guided tour are available at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center in downtown St. Augustine.
TRUE STORY: St. Augustine is the only place in Florida where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was ever arrested. His and other demonstrations in the city led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
AFTERNOON | Lunch and Fort Mose
Fort Mose African-American Community of Freedom
Visit the original location of Fort Mose! Check the schedule for reenactments and events that tell this thrilling and historically significant story. Casual historians and buffs alike will enjoy the interactive museum that chronicles the first free African-American settlement in what would become the United States
Features: This 40-acre waterfront historic site features picnic areas, exceptional wildlife and birding opportunities, one kayak launch boardwalk, a visitor center and a museum.
Special Event: Flight to Freedom at Fort Mose
February, in celebration of Black History Month, walk with reenactors and learn the story of hundreds of people who fled to Spanish Florida from enslavement on British plantations in 1700s.
Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf
This permanent exhibition at the World Golf Hall of Fame contains rare photographs, audio, video and memorabilia to highlight the rich history of African-Americans in golf, starting with pioneers from the late 1800s through today’s game.
World Golf Place, St Augustine, FL 32092
EVENING |Dinner and Plaza De La Constitucion
Originally built by the king of Spain in 1598, the Plaza De La Constitucion eventually became the Slave Market. In the 1960s, the first attempts to integrate food counters in St. Augustine were at a Woolworths that faced the Plaza. St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US settled by Europeans; therefore, it is almost certain that the Plaza is the oldest public park in the US that still functions as a public park.
OC White’s Seafood and Spirits
Dinner with a view, complemented by fresh Maryland Blue Crab Cakes or a Florida-style Bucket O’ Steamers.
St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument
Pay tribute to the people who engaged in various forms of peaceful protest in St. Augustine in the early 1960s to advance the cause of civil rights, contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Interactive Map - African-American Heritage Itinerary
Journey through these fabled streets with this free African American Heritage Itinerary. We’ve included suggestions for historical landmarks, museums and attractions, as well as lodging and dining recommendations.
Video - Experience African American Heritage in St. Augustine
Discover 450 years of cultures from Timucuan, Spanish, French, British, African, Minorcan, Seminole and Swiss in the neighborhoods of St. Augustine, Florida.
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