Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).
More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “Underground Railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joined the Catholic Church.
Fort Mose was the northern defense of St.Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.
The discovery and verification of the events that took place in Saint Augustine and at Fort Mose have resulted in the revision of not only Florida’s but America’s knowledge of colonial history.
Militia Saturday at Fort Mose Historical Society
Fort Mose State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Fort Mose Historical Society (Mailing Address)
P.O. Box 4230
St. Augustine, FL 32085
Hours of Operation:
Park is open daily 9:00 – 5:00
Thursday – Monday: 9:00 – 5:00
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission Charge for Museum $2.00