"Presence / Erasure: Black History in St. Augustine" Closing Event

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  • Contact: Casey Wooster
  • Admission: Free
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
August 25, 2022

Please join Governor's House Library for guest speaker Gayle Phillips, Executive Director of Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, on Thursday, August 25, 6 PM, on Zoom.

Phillips currently serves as executive director of the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center which is housed in the historic Excelsior High School. She began at the museum as a volunteer in 2015 and has been instrumental in its transformation and development over the past five years.

The closing event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The exhibition "Presence / Erasure: Black History in St. Augustine" traces the city’s 450+ years of Black experiences and stories. It examines the critical role Black St. Augustinians played in the development of St. Augustine, Florida, and the United States.

The exhibition is largely drawn from across the UF George A. Smathers Libraries' Special and Area Studies Collections and Governor’s House Library, with contributions from Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and St. Augustine Historical Society. The artifacts on display include historical photographs, brochures, maps, and more documenting Black presence in St. Augustine over the centuries. Represented in the exhibit are the Black communities and people of Fort Mose, Lincolnville, and West Augustine.

"Presence / Erasure: Black History in St. Augustine" is curated by Laura Marion and Casey Wooster. The physical exhibit is on view in the Smathers Library Gallery July 15 – August 31, 2022.

The Smathers Library Gallery is located on the second floor of the Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified and with occasional exceptions for maintenance. All exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge.

A minimum of 10 business days is necessary to satisfy some accessibility needs. To request help participating in our events, please contact Casey Wooster at cawoo@ufl.edu or Laura Marion at lauramarion@ufl.edu.