Celebrate Black History

Today, Black history can be seen and celebrated throughout the year in St. Augustine – from the downtown Plaza de la Constitucion to the beaches of Anastasia Island. But there’s no better time to experience this rich heritage than Black History Month. Narrated tours, museums, historic sites, and concerts are just a few ways to experience the rich history of the Black experience in the Nation’s oldest city.

Photographer Lenny Foster

Opening Tuesday, February 15th

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through April 22, 2022

The St. Johns Cultural Council presents a visual arts exhibition by fine art photographer Lenny Foster, opening Tuesday, February 15th.  “Where We Stand” will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View,  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through April 22, 2022. Work from this series provides a glimpse into the rich African American history of Florida’s Historic Coast. Admission is free. Learn more about Mr. Foster and his King Street gallery at https://www.galleryonefortyfour.com

Resilience Family Fest

Saturday, February 19th
12 to 4 p.m.

On February 19  the Resilience Family Fest, a celebration of St. Augustine’s Black history and culture featuring dance and musical performances, arts and crafts, historical reenactments and more takes place at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, 12 to 4 pm.  Free.

Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior Series

February 11th & 26th

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center chronicles more than 450 years of St. Augustine’s black history through exhibits, lectures and live performances, including the Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior series which will feature performances by Eric Carter & Company on February 11 and Longineu Parsons II on February 26.  Visit https://www.lincolnvillemuseum.org for ticket information.

Guided Tour

Thursday – Saturday
February & March

I Lived Here As Well – A Woman’s Story presents an examination of urban slavery from the woman’s perspective.  This guided tour led by costumed actors takes place each Thursday- Saturday in February and March at the Ximenez Fatio House Museum.  https://www.ximenezfatiohouse.org

ACCORD Civil Rights Museum Tours

February 12th, 19th & 26th
2 – 3 p.m.

The St. Johns Cultural Council presents free tours of the ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, led by historian David Nolan, on February 12th, 19th and 26th from 2 pm to 3 pm.  The ACCORD Museum, located at 79 Bridge Street, tells the stories of local heroes of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.  It is also part of the ACCORD Freedom Trail, which includes 30 sites related to Black history, each with an historic marker, in locations around St. Johns County.   For more information about the ACCORD and the Freedom Trail, visit https://www.accordfreedomtrail.org

For more information about cultural events and sites in St. Johns County, visit HistoricCoastCulture.com

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