Introduced in 1997, Flight to Freedom Living History Program is an annual 3-day event held in February at Fort Mose Historic State Park, which is the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the U.S. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish St. Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
Flight to Freedom interprets and educates school children ages 5 to 18 years old and the general public about the establishment and day-to-day life of this historically significant site through first person interpretation and living history demonstrations. Using the voice of several different characters based on persons documented to have lived at Fort Mose, the story of resistance to slavery through escape and flight to the South is told to visitors via a 3-part, guided tour; African drumming; re-enactment of military drills; historic cooking demonstrations; and various other hands-on activities.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, St Johns, 32084
Contact Information: 904-823-2232 (main phone)
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Paul Crawford
Location Type: Program