June 3: “The Courageous Women of Fort Mose” will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. This is a dramatic presentation of the challenges of the women who settled and lived in the community of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose.
Join Fort Mose Historic State Park as we partner with the Fort Mose Historical Society to bring you back in time to the harrowing moments when a decision to seek freedom over chains occurred. Dr. Dorothy Israel, Ms. Twila Hudson, and Harold “Red Bear” Lock, along with the Courageous Women of Fort Mose, will tell the story of how the first leg of the Underground Railroad led to St. Augustine
through re-enactment in a theatrical setting.
Hear from the Fort Mose women who experienced the middle passage, the harrowing trip from slavery in the Carolinas to freedom in the Spanish Colony of La Florida, and the life challenges they experienced living on the northern edge of St. Augustine.
Dr. Israel, the Women of Fort Mose and Dr. Jane Mahoney will unveil and sign their new book, “The
Courageous Women of Mose: All for Freedom.”
There will also be an exhibit/sale of Local Artists whose art reflects the Fort Mose Story and the Freedom Seekers experience. Featured exhibiting artists: Diane Thompson Cortese, Joe Desiderio, Lenny Foster, Lucy George, Claire Kendrick, Deb Lightfield, Mare Martelli, Ovico Gallery, Gayle Prevatt, Mary Ann Rosenthal, Alise Sheppard, Linda Sperruzzi, and Jasmine Turner.
Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission is FREE.