Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine a year long celebration throughout 2021 of the history and culture of Black Americans living and working in St. Augustine.

Kimberlyn Elliott, Associate Director of the Lincolnville Museum, explains that “when we look at the events of the Emancipation Reading and Juneteenth, they are celebrations of liberation and of the promise of potential. The potential to participate fully in American society. The potential to be treated as a human being.”

In recognizing these dreams alongside the ideals of liberty and inclusion, we can more fully explore the many aspects of the Black community’s story in St. Augustine.

Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine emerged from a series of conversations across cultural heritage professionals over the summer of 2020. These collaborative efforts yielded an effort to better center the many contributions the Black community has made and continues to make in St. Augustine’s cultural identity. Each of the partner institutions is developing their own programming to highlight Black experiences found within their collections, which will include virtual lectures and tours, exhibits, digital humanities projects, themed site tours, and educational resources.

Collaborating Institutions

Accord Civil Rights Museum & Freedom Trail
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Flagler College Archives
Flagler College Honors Program
Florida Museum of Natural History
Fort Mose Historical Society
Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum
Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center
St. Augustine Historical Society
St. Johns County Public Library System
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
University of North Florida Digital Humanities Institute
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Supporting Partners

St. Johns Cultural Council