Free Coffee and Conversations: Florida's Underground Railroad | Discover Crystal River

Free Coffee and Conversations: Florida's Underground Railroad

June 20, 2024 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents a Free Coffee and Conversations lecture by Magdalena Lamarre on Florida’s Underground Railroad on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7 pm in celebration of Juneteenth. Join us to listen and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP by calling the museum office between Tuesday and Saturday: (352) 341-6428.

The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American South. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida’s early history as a Spanish territory, the escape routes used by runaway slaves, and the black communities they established before the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology at Miami-Dade College. Lamarre earned a BA in History and Secondary education from Hunter College, an MA in History Education from Stony Brook university, and completed post-graduate work in Sociology and Education at Florida International University.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ticket Info
  • free
  • 1 Courthouse Square
  • Inverness, FL 34450
  • 352-341-6428