2023 Tuesdays At Two: The Battle for Negro Fort: The British Post on the Apalachicola with historian Dale Cox
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library presents its 2022 Tuesdays at Two Guest Speaker Series with: The Battle for Negro Fort: The British Post on the Apalachicola with historian Dale Cox.
In the aftermath of the War of 1812, Major General Andrew Jackson ordered an unsanctioned expedition into Spanish Florida to destroy a free and independent community of formerly enslaved people at an abandoned British fort near Apalachicola. The result was the Battle of Negro Fort, a brutal conflict among hundreds of American troops, Indian warriors, and black rebels that culminated in the death or re-enslavement of nearly all of the fort’s inhabitants. By eliminating this refuge for fugitive slaves, the United States government closed an escape valve that African Americans had utilized for generations and set in motion events that would culminate in the Seminole Wars. Join historian Dale Cox to learn more about this powerful symbol of Black freedom in the early years of the Republic.
NOTE: Space is limited; pre-registration is required.
For more details and for information on how to register, please contact the library at 850-229-8879.