Florida history

Emma Langdon Roche via the New York Public Library / http://abolition.nypl.org/images/us_slave_trade/4/38

More than fifty years after her death, a new work by Zora Neale Hurston will hit the presses. Barracoon is her account of the last known survivor of America’s Transatlantic slave trade. The Florida anthropologist and author is known for her celebration of black life and culture in the rural South. This latest manuscript will reinforce that legacy.

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For the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, WFSU is looking back on some of the Floridians who served.

Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/34844

In 1923, a white mob stormed the small, prosperous African American community of Rosewood, near Florida’s Gulf Coast. Fueled by racial resentment, the mob terrorized the black residents, before burning the town to the ground. Now an archaeologist is rebuilding Rosewood – online.

Kate Payne via WFSU

2016 is a year when bonds across race, gender, and political party are being testing. But it’s also the 100th anniversary of the birth of a Florida historian, folklorist and social justice activist, who could offer some advice to a society in turmoil. Here's a profile of Stetson Kennedy.

Florida Memory / https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/271876

Wednesday marks the centennial of the birth of Stetson Kennedy, a folklorist, historian and social justice activist. He’s a larger than life figure in Florida history that many have never of.

Historical marker for the Native American city of Coosa in Childersburg, Alabama.
Nick Evans

It’s been a yearlong party in northeast Florida as St. Augustine celebrates its 450th anniversary.  The city bills itself as “America’s oldest,” but is it?

University of West Florida

St. Augustine, Florida may have new competition for the title of oldest city in America.  A new discovery out of the University of West Florida suggests that title could go to another Florida city: Pensacola.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

The first Christmas celebrated in what would become the United States was likely in Tallahassee, according to historians. The Florida House of Representatives is considering officially recognizing the site of America’s first Christmas, a move the Senate took last year.

The first Europeans to spend Christmas in the New World, historians speculate, would likely have been Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and about 600 of his men and servants. De Soto had set up camp in an Apalachee Indian village, just down the street from the current-day state Captiol.