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Florida’s Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad

Event Date:

March 23 @ 5:00 pm


Curry House Historic Distric Visitor Center
1305 4th Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208


Sherry Svekis

Program Description:

Come and help us celebrate the opening of the first permanent exhibit that tells the story of Angola, a free black settlement on the Manatee River in the 1810s. The exhibit covers key events for freedom seekers in Florida: Fort Mose’s founding in 1738; Black warriors fighting as English Colonial Marines in the War of 1812; freedom at Angola; Angola’s destruction and the flight to the Bahamas; free and enslaved in the Village of Manatee; and Union Colored Troops occupying Manatee in 1864. The exhibit opens at the Visitors Center of the Curry Houses Historic District in Bradenton. In attendance will be the preservationists that saved the Manatee Mineral Spring site where archaeologists found evidence of Angola, and archaeologists and researchers for the Looking for Angola project. Also check our March 30th event where the exhibit will be open and three scholars will present lectures.



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