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Kingsley Plantation – Ft. George

Originally built in 1798 by enslaved craftsmen under plantation owner , this plantation house is the oldest planter’s residence still standing in Florida. Many changes have taken place through the years, but a tour still evokes what it must have been like long ago. In the early 1800s, plantation-owner brought a Senegalese wife he purchased, Anna Madgigine Jai, and three children to his Fort George Island plantation. A fourth child was soon born. Anna managed the plantation’s daily operations, including 60 slaves, while Zephaniah was away on business. They grew many cash crops: Sea Island cotton, whose long fibers and …

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American Beach

American Beach Museum Now Open

Abraham Lincoln Lewis, or , Florida’s first black millionaire and a founder of the , founded in 1935, specifically for “recreation and relaxation without humiliation.” American Beach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The A.L. Lewis Historical Society welcomes you to “The Sands of Time: An American Beach Story,” their new exhibit in a museum with a tin roof and a long porch lined with rocking chairs. In 1935, Jim Crow laws undermined blacks with “separate, but equal” dogma. This short-changed people access to places for family recreation, such as Jacksonville Beach and other sites to enjoy …

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october, 2021

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