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1619 - 2019: 400 Years of African American History

Celebration Education  Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619." The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.”

In recognition of this national commemoration, the SJR State Library is working with College departments and community friends to offer a year-long series of events which pay tribute to the rich history of African Americans as well as the impact African Americans have made throughout the nation and within our own communities. We hope the SJR State Library's events will serve as opportunities for celebration, education, and reflection. And while the Act is the guiding force behind our efforts, the Library's offerings simply must include Juan Garrido's arrival in Florida in 1513.

Events will be added to the calendar regularly, so please stop by again!

Calendar of Events

August 22, 2019  Opening Night of The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College in Orange Park at the Thrasher-Horne Gallery

Location: Thrasher-Horne Gallery on the Orange Park Campus of SJR State
283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065
 904-276-6815

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks from President Pickens, Dr. Melanie Brown, and Dr. Matt McAllister at 6:00 p.m. 
All are welcome to this free event!


August 23 - September 12, 2019  The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College

Location: Thrasher-Horne Gallery on the Orange Park Campus of SJR State
283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065
904-276-6815

Time: The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this free event!


August 28, 2019  The Whole Staircase Film Series Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech

Location: Palatka Campus Library, L-219C
Times: 10:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m.

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, L-112
Times: 10:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this free event!

September 10, 2019   Commemorative Speaker Series - Christina Prout
Location: Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall
Times: 10:50 a.m. - noon and 1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Includes a screening of the film, Voting Matters.

All are welcome to this free event!


September 12, 201The Highwaymen Story hosted by Florida School of the Arts  
Location: Thrasher Horne Gallery, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 | Phone: 904-276-6815
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

All are welcome to this free event!


September 18, 2019  The Whole Staircase Film Series - The Butler presented by Dr. Tiri Fellows

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112:

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this free event!


September 19, 2019  Opening Night of The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College in the St. Augustine Campus Library

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library
2990 College Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-808-7474

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks from President Pickens, Dr. Melanie Brown, and Dr. Krista Ubbels at 6:00 p.m.
All are welcome to this free event!


September 20 - October 9, 2019  The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library
2990 College Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084
904-808-7474

Time: Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00, Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
All are welcome to this free event!


September 23, 2019  The Whole Staircase Film Series - America's Blue's presented by Professor Chris Killmer

Location: Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

All are welcome to this free event!


September 26, 2019  The Highwaymen Story hosted by Florida School of the Arts  
Location: St. Augustine Campus Library  

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

All are welcome to this free event!


September 27, 2019  Museum MeetUp at the Ritz Theatre & Museum

October 1, 2019  The Whole Staircase Film Series - Voting Matters

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this free event!


October 3, 2019  The Commemorative Speaker Series - Vicky Oakes, St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections 

Location: St. Augustine Campus, Building C, room C-116

Time: 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.  
All are welcome to this free event!


October 3, 2019  Gallery Talk with SJR State Humanities Professor Cristy Furr about The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College
Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L112  
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

All are welcome to this free event!


Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
All are welcome to this free event!


October 8, 2019  Commemorative Speakers Series  Painting Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen presented by noted Highwaymen scholar Gary Monroe  
Location: St. Augustine Campus, room J-149  
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  

All are welcome to this free event!


October 11, 2019 Museum MeetUp at Fort Mose  

October 17, 2019  Opening Night of The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College in the Florida School of the Arts Gallery

Location: Florida School of the Arts
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177
386-312-4300 

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks at 6:00 p.m.
All are welcome to this free event!


October 18 - November 22, 2019  The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College

Location: Florida School of the Arts
5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177
386-312-4300 

Time: The gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
All are welcome to this free event!


October 29, 2019  Commemorative Speakers Series  Painting Paradise: The Art of the Highwaymen presented by noted Highwaymen scholar Gary Monroe  
Location: Palatka Campus, room TBA  
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  

All are welcome to this free event!


November 4, 2019  The Whole Staircase Film Series - By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

 

Location: Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall 
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L112
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Orange Park Campus, Building D, room D-14
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Palatka Campus Library, 219C
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

All are welcome to this free event!


November 5, 2019  Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Immersive Experiences in African American History - The People's House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama 

Reservations are required.
Palatka Campus Library - Reserve your spot
Orange Park Campus Library Reserve your spot
All are welcome to this free event!

November 7, 2019  An Evening with The Highwaymen hosted by Florida School of the Arts  
Location: Florida School of the Arts Gallery

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

All are welcome to this free event!


November 14, 2019  Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Immersive Experiences in African American History - The People's House: Inside the White House with Barack and Michelle Obama 

Reservations are required.
St. Augustine Campus Library - Reserve your spot

All are welcome to this free event!


November 14, 2019   Gallery Talk with SJR State Humanities Professor Cristy Furr about The Road Well Traveled: Celebrating the Art and History of Florida’s Highwaymen An Exhibit at St. Johns River State College 
Location: Florida School of the Arts  
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

All are welcome to this free event!


November 21, 2019  Commemorative Speaker Series: Dr. Michael Butler presents Race, History, and St. Augustine: Its Importance Then & Now

Location: St. Augustine Campus, room TBA

Time: 12:30 p.m. 

All are welcome to this free event!

Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

Site created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will. Pages will be added and maintained throughout 2019.
Maintenance will cease at the end of 2019 but this site will remain accessible.