Three Florida State Parks will be presenting living history reenactments in celebration of Black History Month.
FLIGHT TO FREEDOM
Fort Mose Historic State Park, St. Augustine, FL
Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One event will highlight the journey of those fleeing slavery in the Carolinas on their way to Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free black settlement in the United States. Meet travelers headed to Fort Mose, listen to drumming and music and learn about colonial weapons. Children’s activities, guided tours and food vendors will be available.
Although nothing remains of the fort, the site was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994 for its importance in American history. In 2009, the National Park Service named Fort Mose as a precursor site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
BATTLE OF OLUSTEE REENACTMENT
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Olustee, FL
Friday-Sunday, February 18-20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This park commemorates the site of Florida’s largest Civil War battle, which took place February 20, 1864. More than 10,000 cavalry, infantry and artillery troops fought a five-hour battle in a pine forest near Olustee. Three U.S. Colored Troops took part in the battle, including the now famous 54th Massachusetts. The battle ended with 2,807 casualties and the retreat of Union troops to Jacksonville until the war’s end just 14 months later. In 1912, when many living Civil War veterans still attended reunions, the battlefield became the state’s first historic site. This living history weekend features a Civil War-era battle reenactment, period music concerts, reenactments of the lives of white and black civilians during the war and more.
CIVIL WAR HERITAGE DAYS
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West, FL
Friday-Sunday, February 25-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This event offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like at Fort Taylor in the 1860s, with more than 100 reenactors presenting living history programs including artillery demonstrations, campsite visits, a sea battle and blockade runner trial, land skirmishes, and other performances.