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, in increasing numbers, 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 covering over 300 miles through forests, swamps, marshes and water ways as visitors are taken along the “Freedom Trail” south to Fort Mose.
Admission to the heritage event is free, but there is a museum admission fee of $2. Children 5 and under are free. The event is held February 7 through 9, 2019.