November 1, 2007

Florida Water Stories: Historical Museum of Southern Florida

Florida Water StoriesIn conjunction with the "Florida Water Stories" exhibition now featured at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W. Flagler Street, Downtown Miami, a special panel presentation and discussion led by Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Prof. Edmund Abaka (Africana Studies, University of Miami) and Prof. Akin Ogundiran (African-New World Studies, Florida International University) will explore the meaning of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the slave trade, this evening, Thursday Nov.1, at 6:30 p.m.

A peninsula with more than 1,500 miles of coastline, Florida has many fascinating "Water Stories" to tell, but one of the most important is the story of the forced migration of Africans, known as the Middle Passage or Atlantic "slave trade," in which Florida waters played a key role, both before and after Abolition. Florida's unique connections to this history, and the largely untold story of what Abolition actually meant for African peoples in particular, then and now, will be brought to greater light in this program, which follows in the Museum's long tradition of strong and provocative presentations, which have never failed to produce stimulating discussions and audience input.

Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the garage on NW 2nd Avenue for a flat rate of $5.00 or on the street nearby.

For further information, the number of the Historical Museum is 305-375-1492 during business hours.


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