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Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

February 3 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, serving as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida’s early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they established before the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology at Miami-Dade College. Since her retirement in 2016, she conducts lectures on Florida’s history, culture, diversity, and social justice. Lamarre earned a BA in History and Secondary Education from Hunter College, an MA in History Education from Stony Brook University, and completed post-graduate work in Sociology and Education at Florida International University.

The library is located inside the Mary Rich Community Center. Free parking is available onsite.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Ocala Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 3 @ 10:30 am -
February 3 @ 1:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Magdalena Lamarre, Educator and Scholar
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Event Contact:

Sheryl Creech
(352) 789-7276

Event Venue:

Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place
1821 NW 21st Ave.
Ocala, Florida 34475
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