St. Augustine to Celebrate Rich African American History During Black History Month

Today, Black history can be seen and celebrated throughout the year in St. Augustine – from the downtown Plaza de la Constitucion to the beaches of Anastasia Island. But, there’s no better time to experience this rich heritage than Black History Month. Narrated tours, museums, historic sites, and concerts are just a few ways to experience the rich history of the Black experience in the Nation’s oldest city. Leading up to Black History Month, The St. Augustine Film Festival will feature the premier of Freedom on Our Mind on January 22, a film made in St. Augustine, and multiple screenings at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on January 21 & 22. These additional screenings include Wade in the Water: Drowning in Racism; Fireburn: The Documentary; and Go-Go City: Displacement & Protest in D.C. www.staugfilmfest.com. The Lenny Foster Photography Exhibition: “Where We Stand” will be on display at the St. Johns County Courthouse daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through April 22, 2022. Work from this series provides a glimpse into the rich African American history of Florida’s Historic Coast. Admission is free. From February 18 – 25, 2022 Fort Mose State Historic Park will host the inaugural Fort Mose Jazz and Blues Series featuring some of America’s most well-known and accomplished performers including The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Amythyst Kiah, Gregory Porters, and more. The Series includes five unforgettable performances over two weeks. On February 19 Resilience Family Fest will feature cultural dance and musical performances, historical reenactments and more at the city’s Solomon Calhoun Community Center. The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center chronicles more than 450 years of St. Augustine’s black history through exhibits, arts, lectures and live performances. The Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior will feature performance by Eric Carter & Company on February 11 and Longineu Parsons II on February 26. I Lived Here as Well – A Woman’s Story, the story of urban slavery from the woman’s perspective is a guided tour led by costumed actors taking place which take place each Thursday- Saturday in February and March at Ximenez Fatio House Museum. For the most up-to-date event information visit www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com/events.

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