Theatrical Production – Book Signing – Art Exhibit

Theatrical Production – Book Signing – Art Exhibit


– Theatrical Production – Book Signing – Art Exhibit

New Print Release – Fort Mose – Views North & South by Claire Kendrick

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2023 AT 2:30 PM

St. Augustine Waterworks Cultural Center – 184 San Marco Ave.

ST. AUGUSTINE- “The Courageous Women of Fort Mose” is a dramatic presentation of the challenges of the women who settled and lived in the community of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose.   Join Fort Mose Historic State Park as we partner with the Fort Mose Historical Society to bring you back in time to the harrowing moments when a decision to seek freedom over chains occurred.

Event Highlights

Dr. Dorothy Israel & Ms. Twila Hudson, and Harold “Red Bear” Lock, along with the Courageous Women of Fort Mose will tell the story of how the first leg of the Underground Railroad led to St. Augustine through re-enactment in a theatrical setting.  Hear from the Fort Mose women who experienced the middle passage, the harrowing trip from slavery in the Carolinas to freedom in the Spanish Colony of La Florida, and the life challenges they experienced living on the northern edge of St. Augustine.

Dr. Deeh Israel, the Women of Mose and Dr. Jane Mahoney will unveil and sign their new book, “The Courageous Women of Mose: All for Freedom.”

There will also be an exhibit/sale of Local Artists whose art reflects the Fort Mose Story and the Freedom Seekers experience.  Featured exhibiting artists: Diane Thompson Cortese, Joe Desiderio, Lenny Foster, Lucy George, Claire Kendrick, Deb Lightfield, Mare Martelli, Ovico Gallery, Gayle Prevatt, Mary Ann Rosenthal, Alise Sheppard, Linda Sperruzzi, and Jasmine Turner

Claire Kendrick will exhibit views from Fort Mose, North and South Boardwalks. Two limited edition prints will be available. The original oil painting titled “Walk to Freedom” will be available for purchase.

Fort Mose – View from South Boardwalk “Walk to Freedom” 36×48 Original Oil Painting $9525 – Limited Edition Print 18×21 (25 available) $200
Fort Mose – Views from North Boardwalk – “Baya Creek” Limited Edition Print 18×18 (25 available) $200

Doors open at 2:00pm – The performance begins at 2:30.                                                       

This program is free & open to the public – first come/space available basis.  Free parking is available next door at the St. Augustine Library (enter off Route 1). 

In 1738 Fort Mose (pronounced Mo-Zay) was established by Governor Don Manuel de Montiano, who encouraged freedom seekers from the British Carolinas to leave the plantations and settle in St. Augustine.  The community was the first legally sanctioned African-American community of freedom in the now United States. 

Fort Mose Historical Society was founded in 1996, to serve as a Citizen Support Organization (CSO) for the Fort Mose Historic State Park.  The Society’s mission is to ‘tell the Fort Mose story.’

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