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Magdalena Lamarre - Southern Road to Freedom: Florida's Underground Railroad

  • 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE
  • Palm Coast, FL 32137
  • Overview

    The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida’s early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they established before the abolition of slavery in the United States.