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When visitors arrive at Fort Mose Historic State Park in St. Augustine, on Florida’s Atlantic coast, it’s common for them to look around and ask, “Where’s the fort?” There isn’t much on the 40-acre grounds except a small museum and a boardwalk leading to a salt marsh. The fort’s remains are buried out there, under earth and water.

But soon, a life-size reproduction of Fort Mose will help tell its story as the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. An early iteration of the Underground Railroad in the 17th and 18th centuries brought enslaved people from English plantations in the Carolinas down to freedom at Fort Mose, which was controlled by Spanish settlers…. Click here to read the full article

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