Monday, July 25, 2016

Remembering the Apalachicola River Maroons of 1816

The Digitally Reconstructed Landscape of Project Bluff 1816

The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art (AHCA) located at 80 Water Street in Apalachicola will be hosting at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 13, 2016, Professor Uzi Baram, Dr. Ed Gonzalez-Tennant, and Vickie Oldham, which will be discussing the history of anti-slavery resistance in Florida, an incredible story of freedom-seeking people. From the Apalachicola River to Tampa Bay, people of African heritage battled for their freedom, sought refuge, and fell back in a southern movement that ultimately led some to Andros Island in the British Bahamas and the others to the Florida interior, where they and their descendants fought in the Second Seminole War.  Admission is free and open to the public and there’s no registration required.

2016 marks the bicentennial of the destruction of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River in 1816. Attend the event to learn the significance of that community and its people, known as maroons, Black Seminoles, African Seminoles, and freedom-seeking people.

The event will highlight the archaeological insights into the history for the fortification at Prospect Bluff, as well the community known as Angola on the Manatee River, and will unveil new virtual reconstructions that help us better understand all of the early 19th century maroon communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The destruction of the Negro Fort on the Apalachicola River in 1816 was followed by the Battle of Suwannee in 1818 and then the destruction of Angola and the other maroon communities south of Tampa Bay in 1821. It is a history of tragedy, but also of survival. More information on the project can be found by clicking HERE.

For additional information, please telephone Barbara Clark, Florida Public Archaeology Network at (850)877-2206.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Please click on the link below to access additional information.

Paulette Moss, Director
Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art
Apalachicola School of Art
86 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
1-855-APALACH (855)272-5224

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