African Slaves Found Peace in Key West

SITE OF THE AFRICAN GRAVES: Between West Martello Tower and White Street Pier on the south side of Atlantic Boulevard. Across the boulevard from the cemetery, a plaque installed by the state of Florida tells the refugees' story. MEL FISHER MARITIME HERITAGE SOCIETY & MUSEUM: 200 Greene St., Key West. Phone (305) 294-2633 or visiti Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission $10 adults, $8.50 students, $5 children. Attractions include permanent exhibit about the Henrietta Marie, a slave ship. Read the story of the Henrietta Marie at LOFTON B. SANDS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN MUSEUM & RESOURCE CENTER: 324 Truman Ave., Key West. Phone (305) 295-7337 or visit Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; weekends by appointment. Suggested donation: $5 per adult. The museum is sponsoring the screening of an African film on Feb. 13 and a "Heritage Fashion Show and Dance" featuring African and Caribbean clothing on Feb. 27; both events at Key West's Veterans of Foreign Wars center. KEY WEST: Black history month will be observed at local churches with various events including a Unity Day program and a celebration of ancient African and contemporary black history. Other local attractions include ecotourism, fishing, historic sites, sunsets and Ernest Hemingway's house. For help with lodging or other information, contact or (800) 352-5397.

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