By T. McElven
Over 250 years ago, African born slaves risked their lives to escape English plantations in South Carolina to find freedom among the Spanish in Saint Augustine, Florida.
“Fort Mose: Colonial America’s Black Fortress of Freedom” is a Florida Films Production showing the history of the first Underground Railroad, which ran south more than 100 years before the Civil War.
Fort Mose was established in 1738. In 1983, Dr. Kathleen Deagan, Archaeologist at the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History, discovered the site in Saint Augustine, Florida.
For the first time in Atlanta, the film will be presented to the public. The screening will be on Saturday, October 11 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Alexander Memorial African Episcopal Church, 287 Augusta Avenue in Grant Park. The Reverend Myron A. Deas is the pastor.
The film is on loan from the Florida Legislative Research Center and Florida Historical Capitol Museum in Tallahassee, Florida. “Fort Mose: Colonial America’s Black Fortress of Freedom” is a part of the Honorable Bill Clark Collection housed at the Research Center and Museum.
Former State Representative Bill Clark is a 20-year resident of Grant Park and a member of Alexander Memorial AME Church. The showing of this film is part of the Men’s Day Celebration.
All of Atlanta is invited. A $3.00 donation is requested of adults and $0.50 for students over 10 years of age. A question and answer time will be available with Bill Clark at the end of the film.
Fort Mose Film Showing
By T. McElven