February is Black History Month

 

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A Special Edition Newsletter of Florida State Parks  |  #FLStateParks #blackhistorymonth

Celebrate Black History Month at
Florida State Parks

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The month of February, Florida State Parks joins with Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott to commemorate Black History Month by recognizing the many ways African Americans have enriched Florida’s communities, culture and history. 

In 1926, educator and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson started commemorating African-American history during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1970, February was officially designated as Black History Month.

Florida’s state parks are proud to offer interpretative programs that highlight African-American history in Florida. From period art exhibits and living history reenactments to tours of the Cape Florida lighthouse, visitors are invited to learn more about the rich and diverse history at Florida’s state parks.

 The Department of State has established the Florida Black History Trail Guide, a publication to identify sites, buildings and other points of interest in black history that should be preserved and promoted as tourist attractions.

For a complete list of events being held at Florida’s state parks in February, visit this website. You can also follow our ’29 Days Of Black History’ albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Florida State Parks to receive daily Black History facts.

Black History Month at State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites

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