Flight to Freedom
Gracia Real de Santa Teresa Mose (known simply as Fort Mose) was the first legally sanctioned, free African settlement in what is now continental United States. Flight to Freedom honors and remembers all those who risked everything in search of freedom and opportunity to live their own lives.
For many decades before the founding of Fort Mose, Africans were fleeing enslavement on the British rice and indigo plantations in the coastal regions of South Carolina. They were seeking the opportunity to live as free men, women, and children in Spanish Florida.
Flight to Freedom tells their story of this dangerous and life risking journey. It covers over 300 miles through forests, swamps, marshes and waterways as visitors are taken along the “Freedom Trail” south to Fort Mose.
May 6-8, 2021 – 9:00am-3:00pm. (Originally scheduled for February 11 – 13, 2021)
Admission to the heritage event is free. However, there is a museum admission fee of $2. Children 5 and under are free.