As the park’s CSO, we raise funds to expand and enhance the park’s capacity to tell the story of where the struggle for freedom, justice and equality began for African-Americans. Our plans and funding goals for 2014 – 2015 are:
- Construct a replica of the 1738 fort’s bastion wall – $100,000
- Fund the Experience Fort Mose – the Birth Place of Freedom Program Series including the major living history events “Flight to Freedom” (February 12-14, 2015), “Second Annual Commemoration of Fort Mose’s Founding in 1738 and the Black Militia” (March 21, 2015), and “Sixth Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Bloody Mose in 1740” (June 20-21, 2015) – $20,000
- Purchase of 18th century colonial clothing to outfit ten militia and residents of Fort Mose – $5,000
- Purchase of seven additional 1728 flint-lock muskets for the first free Black Militia in today’s USA founded in 1683 – $4,900
Raising the $129,900 to accomplish these goals is ambitious. With the generosity and community support for our two annual Fort Mose Golf Tournaments, we raised $10,000 for the bastion wall project, purchased five 1728 flint-lock muskets for $3,100 and financed the highly successful Fifth Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Bloody Mose in June 2014 for $2,000.