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If you're out riding bikes or just looking for something to do, stop here! It's historic and... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
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Nice piece of history

Nice piece of history. Free. Low key. Informative. Must see. Right on the beach and next to the... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2018
New Jersey
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The historic and poignant final resting place for a group of African refugees.
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Atlantic Boulevard, Between White and Reynolds Streets, Key West, FL
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

If you're out riding bikes or just looking for something to do, stop here! It's historic and beautiful. There's a beach near by and a beautiful pier to stroll down. Why not learn something while you enjoy the beautiful weather of Key West?

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hotelsnob_68
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The aura is very positive and calm. It's very evident something significant and spiritual occurred here. The adjacent beach is lovely and immaculate. Very highly recommended. Read the history...it's bittersweet.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Nice piece of history. Free. Low key. Informative. Must see. Right on the beach and next to the gardens so there are other things to do in the area.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TheTravelistas
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Very nice memorial with a good map layout. I was very glad to see this at the beach. Swing by and check it out while at the beach.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TheUnknownFranklin
Reviewed June 25, 2018

I really don’t know what to say. Standing on a beach that had witnessed such tragedy was profound. My heart hurt for those who suffered at the hands of such evil. If you go to Key West it’s important to put this on your agenda....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Rather a sad place to visit knowing how badly they were treated. Seen it a few times but not something fun.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

We literally stumbled across this memorial & cemetery having walked down the pier on Higgs Beach. There stands a plaque explaining that in 1860, three American ships bound for Cuba were intercepted by the US Navy & were found to contain 1,432 African slaves. These...More

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank lady_britts
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Happened upon this on an evening stroll along the beach. The story of these "rescued" slaves is both beautiful and provocative. Recommend for history lovers.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 14, 2017

We were driving around the beach area after walking down to the end of the pier when we discovered Martello Fort, but I saw no fort. Then I discovered the little memorial for the African slaves of Higgs Beach. It was interesting reading about how...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Longleggedlovely1
Reviewed June 3, 2017

In 1860, more than 1,400 African men, women and children were rescued from slave vessels. Freed by the U.S. Navy near Cuba and transported to Key West. 295 did not survive and were buried in unmarked graves at this site. What makes this unique is...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank FlaHarlock
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