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Black History Month Celebrated at Kingsley Plantation

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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Kingsley Plantation will host a special presentation at 2:00 p.m. each Saturday in February in honor of Black History Month. The presentations celebrate the cultural contributions of the enslaved men, women, and children of the plantation period by connecting aspects of modern culture with its plantation or African roots. Sponsored by the National Park Service?s Timucuan Preserve, these presentations are free and open to the public.
February Presentation Dates and Titles:
Daily at 2:00 p.m. Guided Walks at the Slave Quarters
Special Saturday Programs:
February 4 Read with a Ranger! 'Working Cotton" & Cotton and Daily Life Activities (For Kids) Park Staff
February 11 Read with a Ranger! "Almost to Freedom" & Make a Rag Doll Activity (For Kids) Park Staff
February 18 Meet Langston Hughes Bob Devin Jones, Florida Humanities Council Road Scholar
February 25 What Kingsley Plantation Means to Me Tammie Fields, news anchor and reporter, Channel 4 News
Following each Saturday presentation, park rangers or volunteers will provide guided walks at the slave quarters.
Presentation Descriptions and Presenter Biographies: The ?Read with a Ranger? presentation on February 4th will include reading excerpts from "Working Cotton", a Caldecott Honor Book by Sherley Anne Williams. Children will participate in hands-on daily life activities with park staff, such as working with cotton, pitching hay, and carrying water. The book is available for purchase at Kingsley Plantation.
Park Ranger Cicely will read aloud "Almost to Freedom", a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner, for the ?Read with a Ranger? presentation on February 11th. The story is told from the perspective of a rag doll named Sally, who narrates the story of a mother and daughter running for freedom. Children will have the opportunity to make the rag doll after the story is read. The book is available for purchase at Kingsley Plantation.
Bob Devin Jones is an actor, writer, and director from St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Jones will interpret the life and works of Langston Hughes in first person on February 18th. This program is presented in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council?s Road Scholars program.
Tammie Fields is a news anchor and reporter for Channel 4 News in Jacksonville, Florida. On February 25th, she will present a modern perspective on what Kingsley Plantation means to her as an individual, and her perspective on how the site and its history is important to the Jacksonville community.
Kingsley Plantation is free and open to the public daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Visitors can explore the life of the plantation?s enslaved workforce and the life and times of the Kingsley family. The grounds include the remains of twenty-eight slave quarters, the barn, kitchen building, plantation house, plantation-era crops garden, and waterfront. The plantation house and kitchen house are currently closed due to structural problems; however work is underway on those buildings. Visitors can view exhibits in the barn, and speak with park staff in the bookstore.
More information about Black History Month events and Kingsley Plantation is available at the park?s website: Click on ?Special Events.?
Kingsley Plantation is located on Fort George Island in Jacksonville, Florida, one-half mile north of the St. Johns River Ferry landing on Heckscher Drive/A1A.


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