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 www.melfisher.org. 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 www.historical-museum.org/exhibits/hm/henmarie.htm. LOFTON B. SANDS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN MUSEUM & RESOURCE CENTER: 324 Truman Ave., Key West. Phone (305) 295-7337 or visit www.bcclt.org/museum.htm. 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 www.fla-keys.com or (800) 352-5397.

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