St Augustine’s Fort Mose to Host Open House

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Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine will host an open house in its visitor center on May 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. as part of this year’s Art in the Park program.

The reception will be free and open to the public. The museum entry fee of $2.00 still applies for those who wish to go through the museum. Fifth graders here in St Augustine were recently created original artwork interpreting the history of Fort Mose. The Art in the Park program is presented by Fort Mose Historic State Park in cooperation with the Fort Mose Historical Society as a way to promote the history of the historic attraction in local schools.

The student’s artwork will remain on display in the park’s visitor center located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St Augustine through September.  

History of Fort Mose
Fort Mose is known as a birth place of freedom. Tucked away in the marshes of North Saint Augustine this site is one of the most important places in history as it was the first pioneer black community in what is now the United States. More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation was read by a union soldier, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “Underground Railroad” which headed south to the Spanish colony of Florida. Originally called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say) the site was established in 1738 by runaway slaves from English plantations. The Spanish officials granted the refugees freedom in exchange for military service and Catholic conversion.Fort Mose is now a state park with a museum to tell the story.Fort Mose welcomes visitors daily and is located off US-1 approximately one mile North of SR-16.

Jerry Houman
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