Florida’s ‘Grown Folks’ Black History Tour

  Second in a series of Florida “Black” Historic Marker Destinations CRESCENT CITY — Take the turn off US Highway 17  onto Eucalyptus Ave. and open the door to a glimpse of old Florida. A mix of modest wood-frame and brick houses dot the small lots in this black neighborhood, where strangers still get a […]

Florida’s ‘Grown Folks’ Black History Tour

  First of a Series of Florida’s “Black” Historic Marker Destinations SUMATRA — Long before the term came into being,  the”Negro Fort” was a sanctuary city. Built and later abandoned by the British, the outpost was home to runaway slaves fleeing Georgia and the Carolinas for a better life. It didn’t take long for white […]

Rosewood Marks the Second Stop of the ‘Florida Black Historic Marker Tour’

  By Douglas C. Lyons ROSEWOOD — Drive too fast and you’ll miss it. The name may exist on a map as a dot along State Road 24 just outside of Cedar Key. In real life, however, it’s a stretch of two-lane highway surrounded by fields. Off to the side is the historic marker that […]

Our First ‘Florida Black Historic Marker Tour’ Stop Is …

    By Douglas C. Lyons DELRAY BEACH — Welcome to South Florida and the ‘Village by the Sea,” the first stop of our summer  “Florida Black Historic Marker Tour.” The state of Florida has about 800 historic markers to honor homes, businesses and community landmarks that are a part of Sunshine State history. Many […]

Fort Mose: North America’s First Free Black Community

“In February of 1739, Florida Governor Manuel de Montana built a coastal fortress a few miles north of St. Augustine. He invited free blacks to populate it; Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, more commonly known as Fort Mose, was the first free black community in North America. Spain did its best to make […]

Zora Neale Hurston Festival Kicks Off with a Look Back

  Historic Eatonville, Fla., opens its doors to all visitors and fans of Zora Neale Hurston on Saturday, January 21 with its Back in the Day: Reflections of Historic Eatonville. The event kicks off the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival. The start time is 6:p.m. at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts on […]