The National Park Service cordially invites you to the Kingsley Heritage Celebration to remember and celebrate the rich history of Kingsley Plantation and the many people who helped shape it.
On February 15 and 22, Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, will host Kingsley Heritage Celebration at Kingsley Plantation. This special event is held every year to celebrate African heritage and remember the enslaved that lived here. This year, Kingsley Heritage Celebration is part of a year of programming marking the 400th anniversary of when the first enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to English-occupied North America.
On February 15, Kingsley Plantation will be joined by speaker Dr. Johnnetta Cole, a Kingsley descendant, and the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters. Dr. Cole has been an anthropologist, an educator, and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Throughout her career, she has worked on initiatives dealing with diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in museums and higher education. The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters are descendants of enslaved Africans who preserve the historical and cultural legacy of the Geechee people through song and dance. The event will end with archaeology tours of the slave cabins led by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
On February 22, a living history timeline will transport visitors through the history of Fort George Island. Take an interactive trip through the past, starting with the Spanish Mission San Juan del Puerto; on to the British Fort St. George; the Plantation era; and into the Roaring Twenties. Families can try their hands at candle-making, writing with quill and ink, and much more. “These interactive demonstrations are a great way for families to learn together,” said Superintendent Chris Hughes. Musket firing demonstrations will also occur throughout the day.