In 2005, St. Augustine's first black public high school was re-invented as Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center. The museum has evolved yet again, and is now the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. The museum is open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as the third Saturday of each month.
The museum features exhibitis and displays about St. Augustine's African-American heritage, tracing the history from the beginning, when runaway slaves from Carolina built Fort Mose, through the Civil War era, the struggle for Civil Rights, and on to modern day.
The museum's major exhibit, "Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience," was originally put together by the City of St. Augustine to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The exhibit is now housed in the Lincolnville Museum.
African Americans have played a significant role in St. Augustine history for 450 years. The Lincolnville Museum showcases this rich history, which includes periods when Black Code laws allowed unjustified arrest and re-enslavement, when black entrepreneurs created a thriving black business district here, and when black and white activities fought the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan and, with the support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, Dr. Robert Hayling, and many more, finally succeeded in the passing of the 1964 historic Civil Rights Act.
The Lincolnville Museum offers everyone a chance to see St. Augustine through the eyes of the town's African-American community. Learn more about the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center.