ST. AUGUSTINE — In celebration of Black History Month and the 75th
Anniversary of Florida State Parks, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection’s (DEP) Fort Mose Historic State Park will host the 14th annual
Flight to Freedom Reenactment event this Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. Along with this event, the park has launched a new online audio guide,
detailing the history of Fort Mose and incorporating the theme of the 75th
Anniversary, Preserving the Past while Looking to the Future, by allowing people
to download the guide to a MP3 player or listen on their computer.
“The Flight to Freedom event is a great opportunity for park visitors to go
back in time and learn about Florida’s diverse history,” said DEP’s Florida Park
Service Director Mike Bullock. “By providing an online guide, those who may not
be able to otherwise experience the event, can now do so.”
Fort Mose Historic State Park and the Fort Mose Historical Society will host
the living history event at Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine.
Reenactors will be dressed in period clothing performing the account of the
first Underground Railroad through storytelling, drumming and colonial weapon
The Fort Mose Historic State Park audio guide is available for download at,
http://www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/audioguide/default.cfm. The audio
guide explores the story of fugitive slaves who braved the Florida wilds to lay
the groundwork for the first free black settlement in what would become the
United States of America. The audio guide allows people to become acquainted
with the history of the park before visiting.
Regular park admission fees of $4.00 per carload of up to eight people or
$2.00 per pedestrian or bicyclist will apply, and the event is weather
permitting. For additional information, call the park at (904) 823-2232.
Throughout 2010, DEP’s Florida State Parks will celebrate 75 years of
recreation and preservation. Florida State Parks will host special activities
and interpretive events from coast to coast, including 25 signature events which
highlight individual parks’ histories, as well as the history of the state park
system as a whole.
Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida State Parks has grown
from eight to 160 parks over the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service
manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment, including 100
miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National
Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the
National Recreation and Park Association as the nation’s first and only two-time
Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best park service.
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