Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine a year long celebration throughout 2021 of the history and culture of Black Americans living and working in St. Augustine.

Kimberlyn Elliott, Associate Director of the Lincolnville Museum, explains that “when we look at the events of the Emancipation Reading and Juneteenth, they are celebrations of liberation and of the promise of potential. The potential to participate fully in American society. The potential to be treated as a human being.”

In recognizing these dreams alongside the ideals of liberty and inclusion, we can more fully explore the many aspects of the Black community’s story in St. Augustine.

Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine emerged from a series of conversations across cultural heritage professionals over the summer. These collaborative efforts yielded an effort to better center the many contributions the Black community has made and continues to make in St. Augustine’s cultural identity. Each of the partner institutions is developing their own programming to highlight Black experiences found within their collections, which will include virtual lectures and tours, exhibits, digital humanities projects, themed site tours, and educational resources.

Collaborating Institutions

Accord Civil Rights Museum & Freedom Trail
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Flagler College Proctor Library
Flagler College Honors Program
Florida Museum of Natural History
Fort Mose Historical Society
Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine
Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum
Lincolnville Museum & Cultural Center
St. Augustine Historical Society
St. Johns County Public Library System
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
University of North Florida Digital Humanities Institute
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

Supporting Partners

St. Johns Cultural Council

Media + Press

A year of Black history: Groups in St. Augustine launch 2021 heritage effort
by Sheldon Gardner
St. Augustine Record, December 15, 2020

Meet the Collectors and Curators Virtual Event Resilience Black Heritage in St Augustine
Hosted by Jolene DuBray, Flagler College Archives
Co-Hosted by Nicole Diehm, St. Augustine Historical Society
Flagler College, April 16, 2021

Resilience: Centering Black Heritage In St. Augustine
by Laura Marion & Casey Wooster, Governor’s House Library
SOURCE: The Magazine of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021)

SJCPLS Online Event: Archives Month The Resilience Project – 10/29/21
by St. Johns County Public Library System, October 29, 2021

St. Augustine’s Black History Uncovered and Celebrated at the Resilience Family Fest in West Augustine
by S Rodney
West Augustine News Connection, February 19, 2022

The Resilience Project: Centering Black Heritage in St. Augustine, Florida
by Kimberlyn Elliott, Laura Marion, Beth Maycumber, & Casey Wooster
National Council For Public History Annual Meeting, May 2-6, 2022

The Resilience Project: Centering St. Augustine’s Black Heritage Online
by Kimberlyn Elliott, Laura Marion, Beth Maycumber, Jeanette Vigliotti, & Casey Wooster
Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, April 2, 2022, St. Augustine, FL
Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting, May 11-13, 2022, Orlando, FL

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