Emerson Center presents ‘African Presence in Spanish Florida’ April 16

VERO BEACH — The Emerson Center Humanities Series, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council and sponsored in part by Marine Bank & Trust, concludes the six-performance series on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. with “The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles.”

African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers, the Seminoles. Dr. Rosalyn Howard, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist, will examine the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora.

The Florida Humanities Series is presented by The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach. Six acclaimed speakers and performers have been presented at the Center since October 2014 with presentations relating to Florida history and culture.

Funding for these programs is provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The capacity of the Emerson Center is more than 800; free admission will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The Emerson Center is handicap accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact (772) 778-5249.

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