History

1526 Project: A Look Back at Florida's Black History in Photos

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State Library and Archives of Florida
Enslaved Africans were first brought to Spanish La Florida in 1526. Pictured is the Key West landing of a cargo of slaves captured from the ship "Williams" in May, 1860.
The New York Times' groundbreaking "1619 Project" examined the legacy of slavery on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to America's 13 original colonies. But slavery existed in the Spanish colony of La Florida nearly a century earlier. From the arrival of enslaved Africans in 1526 to the massacre of black voters on Election Day 1920, here are a few moments in Florida's black history you didn't learn in school. Read the full 1526 Project here.