Flight to Freedom (February 1-3, 2024)
Experience the drama and dangers faced by slaves seeking freedom by escaping from the British Colonies in the north to sanctuary in Spanish Florida. This annual reenactment brings to life the desperation of people who risked their lives to leave behind a life of servitude to live as free men and women. Held at Fort Mose Historic State Park, walking tours into the heart of this reenactment take place every 15 minutes 9-11 a.m. and noon-2:45 p.m. Admission is free.
Ilana Harris-Babou: Golden Thread at Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (February 1-21, 2024)
The Golden Thread seamlessly blends video and sculpture, intricately intertwining personal narratives, archival materials, and historical references related to breastfeeding. With the artist's signature visual prowess, the exhibit highlights the multifaceted aspects of Black motherhood, drawing attention to both the empowering and challenging experiences that unfold within this deeply personal journey. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.
Romanza Collage Concert Series: Classically Black at The Waterworks (February 3, 2024)
Renowned pianist Dr. Richard Alston, a Juilliard graduate with an impressive performance history, will elevate Black History Month with a captivating concert and discussion. Focusing on "Classically Black: Piano Compositions by Composers of African-American Descent," his presentation promises to enrich the month's significance. Performance is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20.
Freedom Trail Trolley Tours with Historian David Nolan (February 3 & 24, 2024)
Renowned historian and author, David Nolan, with the Accord Freedom Trail Organization, conduct Freedom Trail Trolley Tours on select Saturdays. Tours start at 8:45 a.m. from the Willie Galimore Center, 399 S. Riberia St., St. Augustine. Visit the sites that played major roles in the civil rights demonstrations of 1964 including churches, meeting locations, homes of key local civil rights leaders and places where non-violent protesters were attacked.
Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series (February 8-17, 2024)
From February 8-17, Fort Mose State Historic State Park will host its 3rd Annual Jazz and Blues Series featuring some of America’s most well-known and accomplished performers including Common, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Christone I "Kingfish" Ingram and Keb'Mo'! The Series will consist of five unforgettable performances during a two-week period at the heart of Black History Month.
"Dare Not Walk Alone" Documentary Screening at Hastings Branch Library (February 9, 2024)
Celebrate Black History Month at the Hastings Branch Library with a screening of "Dare Not Walk Alone," a 2006 documentary by Jeremy Dean. The film explores the events leading to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through archived footage and emotional interviews. Join us for this powerful presentation at 6 p.m. Admission is free
"Bach to Blacknotes" presented by St. Augustine Music Festival at The Waterworks (February 11, 2024)
Join the St. Augustine Music Festival for a Black History Month celebration featuring pianist Kyle Walker. Experience his solo performance, "Bach to Blacknotes," blending J.S. Bach's compositions with works from overlooked composers addressing oppression and inequality. The concert starts at 3 p.m., with tickets priced at $20.
Live from The Waterworks: Jontavious Willis (February 17, 2024)
Join the St. Johns Cultural Council and Gamble Rogers Music Festival for a concert series celebrating the legacy of the iconic St. Augustine performer, Gamble Rogers. This month's showcase spotlights the talents of Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter Jontavious Willis. With a repertoire that spans Delta, Piedmont, Texas, and Gospel Blues, Jontavious delivers original, toe-tapping tunes. His dynamic vocals, technical prowess, and Southern charm make for an electrifying experience in the Blues community. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show kicks off at 7. Tickets are priced at $20.
Griffin Lotson presents insights on Gullah Geechee Heritage (February 25, 2024)
Griffin Lotson, a seventh-generation Gullah Geechee descendant and African-American historian, will share insights into Gullah Geechee culture at 11 a.m. on February 25th at the First Baptist Church of Armstrong, Elkton. He is an expert cultural performer, storyteller, teacher, and manager of the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, as well as the author of "Kumbaya" and Vice Chairman of the National Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Historic Butler Beach Walks (March 1, 2024)
Come explore the rich African-American history right in our neighborhood by taking a journey back in time to Butler Beach, a place of profound historical significance on Florida's Historic Coast. The tour leaves Frank Butler Park East at 3 p.m.