Black Heritage Walking Tour
4 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month in 2017.
The Black Heritage Walking Tour is offered by City Walks Food & Wine Tours on the third Saturday of the month in 2017. The tour is free and departs from the offices of Tour St. Augustine at 4:00 p.m.
The one-hour tour provides a comprehensive introduction to the role St. Augustine has played in the the history of Africans and African Americans in the U.S., encompassing several historic blocks.
The remarkable story of Africans in St. Augustine began with the founding of the city itself in 1565, when Pedro Menendez landed here, along with his crew that included three Africans. The first free black settlement in the U.S. was established in St. Augustine in 1738 at Fort Mose.
St. Augustine also played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s. Local demonstrations began with a sit-in at a local Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, and many heroes of the civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came here to lead protests along with the leaders of St. Augustine’s black community. These struggles were an integral part of Dr. King’s nationwide campaign that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it largely defines St. Augustine as an important place for Black history.
St. Augustine City Walks Food & Wine Tours is St. Augustine’s premier historic walking tour provider, with a variety of tours to choose from, including culinary tours, ghost tours, and specialty tours (including a monthly free pet-friendly “pup crawl”). They also offer custom group tour packages including local attractions & tours, events, accommodations, group dining transportation, entertainment and much more.
Admission: FREE. Advance reservations are required for individual bookings only (no groups) and may be made by calling (904) 825-0087 or visiting here.
When: At 4:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month in 2017.
Where: The tour departs from the offices of Tour St. Augustine at 4 Granada St. in St. Augustine’s historic district.