Video: Commemorating Angola in 2020

September is International Underground Railroad Month, so check out this video about freedom seekers in the Tampa Bay area. Following up on our January excavations at the Angola site, a maroon community along the Manatee River that was destroyed in 1821, we have a virtual tour of the lab where we are currently doing the analysis. Plus, learn about Angola's connections to other freedom seekers in The Bahamas from Dr. Rosalyn Howard, professor emeritus from the University of Central Florida, who is lending her wisdom to the project. Thanks to Uzi Baram, who is leading the investigations, Jean Louise Lammie and Mary Maisel for being great lab partners, Becky O'Sullivan and Jeff Moates of FPAN for creating the video, and Vickie Oldham for contributing.

Researchers find pieces of the story

History lies beneath Bradenton’s Riverwalk plan. Researchers find pieces of the story BY RYAN CALLIHAN | SEPTEMBER 02, 2020 A month-long excavation of soon-to-be-developed land is giving researchers a better look at how escaped slaves lived their daily lives in the Angola settlement along the Manatee River. Funded by a grant from Florida’s Department of Historical Resources, archaeologists at New . . .

Drone Video of Archaeological dig

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – After a month of sifting through dirt and digging deep into the grounds at Manatee Mineral Springs Park, historic preservation group Reflections of Manatee, along with local archaeologists, have unearthed the history of Bradenton’s first settlers. The rich history of both Native Americans and Angola Freedom Seekers can be traced back to the park’s grounds as . . .

Bradenton excavation reveals more about Angola lifestyle

‘Layers of history’ give researchers a peek at how Angola settlers lived in Bradenton BY RYAN CALLIHAN | JANUARY 30, 2020 05:00 AM | LINK TO FULL ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS AND VIDEOS A month-long excavation beneath the Manatee Mineral Springs Park is revealing forgotten details about an early 19th century settlement along the Manatee River. For the past few weeks, . . .

Archaeologists look to uncover the area’s history at Manatee Mineral Springs Park

By Michael Moore Jr., Staff Writer-HeraldTribune.com, January 9, 2020 The excavation costs $100,000 and is being paid for by the City of Bradenton ahead of the Bradenton Riverwalk expansion. A historic preservation group and local archaeologists spent Manatee County’s 165th birthday digging into its past. They’ll spend the next few weeks doing the same until Jan. 31, when the excavation . . .

Manatee Mineral Spring Excavation Featured on WFLA News, Tampa

Archaeologists Excavating Manatee Mineral Springs Park Ahead of Bradenton Riverwalk Expansion By: Sarafina Brooks Posted: Jan 6, 2020 BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Sifting through dirt and digging deep into the grounds at Manatee Mineral Springs Park, historic preservation group Reflections of Manatee, along with local archaeologists, are hoping to unearth the history of Bradenton’s first settlers. “Although there is very . . .

Archaeologist set to excavate Manatee Mineral Spring Park before Bradenton Riverwalk expansion

By Marla Spence | November 21, 2019 | ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK WITH VIDEO BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) -What lurks beneath the surface of manatee mineral springs? Reflections of Manatee, a local museum and preservation group, got the green light from the Bradenton City Council to move forward with their plans to find out. They’re going to bring in an archaeologist to take a closer . . .

New Historical Marker Unveiled

On Saturday, October 19, 2010, in front of the Samuel and Amanda Curry Museum, a special historical marker was unveiled.  Thanks for the financial backing of the Curry family and Manatee County Historical Society this sign has become a reality. One side tells the story of the Curry Houses Historic District and the other side recognizes the Freedom Seekers of . . .