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Higgs Beach African Graves

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Atlantic Boulevard, Between White and Reynolds Streets, Key West, FL
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part of history

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

Reviewed May 14, 2018
jim w
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Florida
An emotional insight into a horrendous part of history

We literally stumbled across this memorial & cemetery having walked down the pier on Higgs Beach... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2017
lady_britts
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Bexley, United Kingdom
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The historic and poignant final resting place for a group of African refugees.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“slave ships” (3 reviews)
“worth a visit” (4 reviews)
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Atlantic Boulevard, Between White and Reynolds Streets, Key West, FL
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"worth a visit"
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"small memorial"
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"history lovers"
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"rescued"
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"pier"
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"martello"
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"navy"
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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.

Thank jim w
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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

3  Thank lady_britts
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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.

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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

1  Thank Longleggedlovely1
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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

2  Thank FlaHarlock
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Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

Right off higgs beach and great historical information and tribute with amazing artwork. Worth the stop...

Thank Equasta W
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Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

This is a small memorial at Higg's Beach. It memorializes the Africans that were liberated by the US Navy from slave ships headed to Cuba, yet died from various illnesses in Key West. It has representations of sacred signs from the African culture and explanations...More

1  Thank Fletch1946
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Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Arrived early at key west so we decided to waste a few hours at a beach .... first one we came upon was this one .... an okay beach , free parking and a snack bar nearby ... the water was murky when we were...More

1  Thank MarPelletier
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Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Great story, sad part of our history. Take a minute to stop and see this memorial and remember what has happened.

1  Thank PeeDeeR
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Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Had to leave today, To go back home. Saw the beach and decided to delay the inevitable. Small, but pretty beach, with a long dock to walk out on. Kids play yard looked very well taken care of, and a cafe onsite, that seemed nice...More

1  Thank hollyelle
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