Lesson Plan

Anna Kingsley A Teacher's Guide

Planters Home
The planter's home on Fort George Island.

Darryl Herring

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Grade Level:
Eighth Grade-Twelfth Grade
African American History and Culture, Agriculture, Colonial History, Slavery
1 Week
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Partial Listing of Sunshine State Standards Enhanced by this Lesson:
SS.A.1.3.1-3 SS.A.4.3.3
SS.A.1.4.1-2 SS.A.6.3.3-5
SS.A.1.4.4 SS.B.1.3.1
SS.A.2.3.1 SS.B.2.3.1
SS.A.2.3.4 SS.B.2.4.2


This lesson traces Anna Kingsley’s life through official documents and interpretation.


Upon completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

1. evaluate primary documents to reconstruct aspects of Anna Kingsley's life, such as her manumission.

2. identify through essay writing ways in which Anna Kingsley's life was affected by the events of the year 1821.

3. propose ways in which Anna Kingsley's life events are representative of other persons of different economic, social, political, or racial backgrounds living during the early 19th century in northeast Florida.  


Kingsley Plantation, an area of the National Park Service's Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, is located on Fort George Island, near the mouth of the St. Johns River. Early 19th century plantation structures represent the Sea Island cotton era, a planter and family of that era, and the enslaved people who were forced to toil in that time.

Anna Kingsley was an African woman purchased by Zephaniah Kingsley, a planter and trader. Anna Kingsley became his wife and resided at the Fort George Island plantation from 1814 to 1839 with their four children. Upon receiving her freedom in 1811, Anna had become a freed person, slave owner, effective plantation manager, and independent businesswoman, all in addition to her roles as wife and mother. During their time at this plantation, Florida changed hands from Spanish rule to become a territory of the United States.



Park Connections

For information on visiting the Kingsley Plantation with a class call 904.251.3537.


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Last updated: October 25, 2017