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Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings 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, a MA in History Education from Stony Brook University, and completed post-graduate work in Sociology and Education at Florida International University.

Free parking is available at the venue.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Historical Society of Avon Park. 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:

January 28 @ 3:00 pm -
January 28 @ 4:30 pm

Other

Presenter Information:
Magdalena Lamarre, Educator and Scholar
Event Fee:
Free
Event Type:
In-person

Event Contact:

Nancy Fisk
Phone:
(813) 482-4868
Email:
nfisk1949@gmail.com

Event Venue:

Avon Park Community Center
310 W Main Street
Avon Park, FL 33825 United States
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Venue Phone:
(813) 482-4868
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