Visit St. Augustine recently launched an all-new Black History app, allowing visitors and locals to better explore and connect with the lengthy history of the oldest city in the country. The app, created in collaboration with Florida’s Historic Coast, features content integrating history with real life exploration.
The app has four main sections: Events Timeline, Historical People, Historical Places and Historical Topics. The Events Timeline, the backbone of the app, contains an overview of more than 450 years of history of the area, beginning with the 1513 voyage of Ponce de Leon to the groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Mose on Jan. 19. The Historical Peoples section features biographical profiles highlighting Black peoples’ stories who either lived or spent significant time in St. Augustine, with notable figures like Frederick Douglass, as well as lesser-known local heroes like Francisco Menendez, leader of Fort Mose.
The Historical Place section, like the Historical Peoples section, showcases sites related to Black history, providing an overview of a site’s history, a media gallery and unique event timeline. The Historical Topics section connects the Historical People and Historical Places through topic pages exploring time periods, local groups and themes.
Other features include a What’s Nearby tool, using your cell phone’s location services to show nearby historical sites. All information on the app comes from research conducted through reputable sources, including books and articles by historians from across the world.
The app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and will be continually updated on a quarterly basis with new content and functionality.
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