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1619 - 2019: 400 Years of African American History

Selfie Challenge

We live in an area rich with sites of significance in African American history. Visit a site, take a selfie there, and share it on Instagram! #sjrstatelibrary400

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Florida Historical Markers of sites of significance in African American history in:

  • Putnam countyRollestown marker

    ASA PHILIP RANDOLPH: 200 Cedar St.
    ROLLESTOWN: U.S. 17, east side of St. Johns River, E.Palatka

  • Clay county
  • St. Johns county
    BELUTHAHATCHEE: S.R. 13 between Wedgewood and Roberts Rd.
    BLACK CATHOLIC HERITAGE: 86 Martin Luther King Blvd.
    GOVERNOR GRANT'S PLANTATIONS: 2690 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.
    LINCOLNVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT: Intersection of MLK Ave & Bridge St.
    SANKSVILLE CEMETERY: 2380 Joe Ashton Rd.
    WILLIAM BARTRAM'S PLANTATION: Near intersection SR 16 & 13
    ZORA NEALE HURSTON: 791 W. King St.
    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK: Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, by ticket booth (Juan Garrido arrived with Ponce de Leon)
    30° 8’ NORTH LATITUDE: SR A1A in North Beach Access Parking Lot of GTM Research Reserve

Sites on Florida's Black Heritage Trail

Sites in Florida on the Gullah Geechee Corridor

Sites in St. Augustine on the ACCORD Freedom Trail  


Follow the Library and #sjrstatelibrary400 on Instagram

Follow the Library on Instagram @sjrstatelibrary! We might re-gram your pic!  

Picture Authorization for Promotional Use - Consent and Release

By participating in the Photo Challenge by posting pictures and/or videos to Instagram and using the hashtag that is unique to this event, you are agreeing to the following terms: 

I authorize St. Johns River State College, its District Board of Trustees and its employees to edit, reproduce, display, distribute, exhibit, or otherwise use the photographs, video, written or creative works without compensation to me in whole or in part, for educational, instructional, promotional, public relations and advertising purposes in any manner, format or media, throughout the world, in perpetuity.

For these purposes, I waive and relinquish any personal rights and privacy rights, and all photographs or video shall become the sole property of SJR State and may be copyrighted in its own name or a name of its choosing.

I also release SJR State and its employees from any and all claims for libel, slander, invasion of privacy or other claims based on SJR State’s use of the photographs or video and agree to hold SJR State harmless from any and all claims by the Third Parties.


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.