“The African Presence in Spanish Florida” at the Mennello Museum


The Mennello Museum of American Art will host Dr. Rosalyn Howard presenting her talk titled, “The African Presence in Spanish Florida.” The speech will be November 9th, 2013 at 1 PM at The Mennello Museum of American Art.

Dr. Howard is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, specializing in Cultural Anthropology, as well as Director of the North American Indian Studies Program at the University of Central Florida. Her research centers on studies of the peoples of the African Diaspora with emphasis on the Caribbean region. Among Dr. Howard’s publications is the novel Black Seminoles in the Bahamas (University Press of Florida, 2002), an ethnographic study of the Black Seminole descendant community of Red Bays, Andros Island, and Bahamas. She is also a member of an interdisciplinary research team for the “Looking for Angola” project, which is investigating a 19th century Florida maroon community located in the Tampa/Sarasota Bay area.

Abstract: “The African Presence in Spanish Florida”

African slaves often risked life and limb to escape Southern slavery, but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of outlaws: the Seminoles. UCF’s Dr. Rosalyn Howard will examine the African influence on Florida’s iconic tribe, as well as the related Caribbean diaspora. Funding for this program has been provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

This talk is free and open to the public. There is no cost for parking.


The Mennello Museum of American Art
Saturday, November 9, 2013
1:00-3:00 PM
900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407.246.4278


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