The Flight to Freedom Encounter
May 6, 7, 8
Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, FL
Freedom Trail journeys begin daily at 9 am. Final tour begins at 3 pm.
Park capacity is significantly reduced due to COVID; Admission will be limited Masks & social distancing required
Did you know?
Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose, was the destination of the original Underground Railroad, running south. It was home to the first legally sanctioned free Black community in North America!
As you step onto the Freedom Trail, you enter the year 1738. You’re drawn into a dangerous world where freedom seekers flee from enslavement on English plantations, hoping to live as free men, women, and children at Fort Mose.
Share the freedom seekers’ hopes, fears, and sacrifices. Experience their perilous journey of over 300 miles through unknown swamps, forests, and waterways—traveling by night to avoid capture. Witness formation of the original Underground Railroad brought about through alliance with Yamassee natives. And feel the power of place as you enter Fort Mose, claiming a vibrant new life in this culturally diverse community located on Spanish St. Augustine’s northern border.
Join us for Flight to Freedom and honor those who risked everything in search of freedom, family, and future.
The Flight to Freedom event is open to the general public at no cost. Donations and Memberships are gratefully accepted.
Please visit www.fortmose.org often for event updates.
Flight to Freedom is supported in part by a Visitor Experience grant from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and by a State of the Arts Grant made possible by the St. Johns Cultural Council.
We’re also grateful for invaluable assistance from our Partners including Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Garrison, and St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
Fort Mose Historical Society
Incorporated in 1996: 25 Years of ‘Telling the Story’
Selected Awards & Honors
Site of Memory, UNESCO Slave Route Project
US National Historic Landmark
Citizen Support Organization of the Year, Historical Resources: FL Park Service