Saturday, March 23, 2019 5:00-7:00 PM
1302 4th Avenue East off 14th Street East, Bradenton 34208,
three blocks north of State Road 64
Come and help us celebrate the opening of the first permanent exhibit that tells the story of Angola, a free black settlement on the Manatee River in the 1810s.
The exhibit covers key events for freedom seekers in Florida: Fort Mose’s founding in 1738; Black warriors fighting as English Colonial Marines in the War of 1812; freedom at Angola; Angola’s destruction and the flight to the Bahamas; free and enslaved in the Village of Manatee; and Union Colored Troops occupying Manatee in 1864.
Join members and volunteers of Reflections of Manatee at a reception for the opening of “Angola’s Freedom Seekers and Florida’s Underground Railroad” exhibit. See the visual displays dedicated to the Florida Underground Railroad and the Angola community as documented through archaeological research at the Manatee Mineral Spring. The exhibit, funded by the Florida Humanities Council and with support from Realize Bradenton, opens at the Visitors Center of the Curry Houses Historic District in Bradenton. In attendance will be the preservationists that saved the Manatee Mineral Spring site where archaeologists found evidence of Angola, and archaeologists and researchers for the Looking for Angola project.
The event is free however donations are greatly appreciated. For more information contact: 941-746-2035 or 941-504-7130. Refreshments will be served.