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Freedom Seekers at the Manatee River and Florida’s Underground Railroad

Event Date:

August 17 @ 2:00 pm


Manatee Central Library
1301 Barcarrota Blvd West
Bradenton, FL 34205


Sherry Svekis
(941) 504-7130

Program Description:

Angola was a community of freedom seekers that in the 1810s was located between the Manatee River and Sarasota Bay. It was a place of refuge and peace until it was destroyed in a massive slave raid in 1821. What were the events that brought the freedom seekers to the Manatee River? What happened to those who were captured, and those who escaped? Heritage professional Sherry Svekis will share the story of how the evidence for Angola was compiled by historians and archaeologists, leading to its recognition as a National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.



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