A view of the site where the Negro Fort at Prospect Bluff once stood, and where a ceremony will be held Saturday, May 25. [ National Park Service ]
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Celebration Saturday at Negro Fort at Prospect Bluff

The North Florida African American Corridor Project in collaboration with The 20th of May Group Culture Bearers proudly present a day of celebration and commemoration honoring the rich history and heritage of the Negro Fort at Prospect Bluff and Florida Emancipation Day. 

This celebration offers the public a chance to visit and tour the Fort, which is normally closed to the public.

Join us on Saturday, May 25 at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and The Arts, where the day’s activities will commence with a 9:30 a.m. ET departure to the historic Negro Fort site located on Highway 65.

Or drive directly to the Fort at 10 a.m. 

The schedule of events includes from 10 to 11 a.m., engaging conversations with descendants of individuals who lived at the Negro Fort Settlement, alongside archaeologists who have diligently studied this significant historic site.

11 a.m. to noon:  A guided tour of the Negro Fort site, providing attendees with an immersive experience into its storied past.

Noon to 1 p.m.  Lunch will be served at the site, offering participants an opportunity to fellowship and reflect on the importance of preserving African American history and heritage.

1:15 p.m.: Departure for the return trip to Apalachicola, Florida.

3 p.m.: Conclude the day with a vibrant celebration of Florida’s Emancipation Day, featuring an opening exhibit on The Negro Fort, Money Bayou Beach, and the Apalachicola Black Heritage Trail.

The Battle of Negro Fort was the first major engagement of the Seminole Wars. This event serves as a reminder that Africans and Indigenous people were fighting to ensure the promise of America – freedom.

For more information, please contact Myrtis Wynn at nfaacp@gmail.com or Falan Goff at 850-212- 7873.

The North Florida African American Corridor Project aims to recognize, preserve, and promote the historical contributions of African Americans in the North Florida region. Through collaborative efforts with community partners, the project seeks to educate and engage the public on the diverse and significant history of African Americans in the area.

The 20th of May Group Culture Bearers is dedicated to preserving and promoting African American culture, history, and heritage in the North Florida region.

Through various initiatives and events, the group works to honor the legacy of African Americans and ensure their contributions are recognized and celebrated for generations to come.

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