To honor International Underground Railroad Month this September, watch “The Underground Railroad is Here: Commemorating Angola”—a short video about the archaeological efforts to understand daily lifeways of the early 19th-century maroonage of Angola on the Manatee River.
The video is, in part, an effort by Reflections of Manatee, Inc., for the preservation of Angola (a haven of liberty from the 1770s to 1821). The community’s demise was a tragedy, but the spirit of the freedom-seeking people continues for descendants of those who escaped to Andros Island in the Bahamas. To remember the 1821 tragedy and the September 15, 1963 Sixteenth Street Church Bombing, the video offers a virtual tour of the New College Public Archaeology Lab.
“Recovering History by the Manatee Mineral Spring” is a multifaceted program. For more information, visit LookingforAngola.org and ReflectionsofManatee.org. Also read http://sites.ncf.edu/baram/HeritageStudies/regionalheritage/looking-for-angolaand https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article245327635.html