The exhibit will highlight the achievements of African Americans in this area directly before and after the Emancipation Proclamation, and will explore the role that Amelia Island played in the struggle for emancipation.
Freedom Comes to Fernandina profiles the first African American soldiers to fight in the Civil War, along with other key historical figures like Harriet Tubman, and explores their connection to local history.
To help open the event, guest speaker Frank Ofeldt will deliver a presentation discussing the experiences of African American soldiers on Amelia Island. After the presentation we will hold a reception and unveil the new exhibit.
This program will be open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5.00 for members, and $10.00 for non-members.
For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102.