Black Heritage Tour
Jacksonville has a rich African American History and is a part of Florida's African American Heritage Trail. This tour can be divided up between two days.
- Explore Jacksonville's stops along Florida's Black Heritage Trail. Stops include the Catharine Street Fire Station, now home to the Jacksonville Fire Museum and Clara White Mission. The Clara White Mission has a small museum paying tribute the great humanitarian of which the mission is named for.
- Visit Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville's oldest residential home and Florida's last still-standing plantation home. Wander through the remarkably preserved slave quarters, barn, plantation house, kitchen house and interpretive garden all located on the waterfront. The plantation was once the southernmost point of the Gullah Geechee Nation.
- Stop for lunch at one of Springfield's popular eateries, including Three Layers Coffee House or Uptown Market. The neighborhood found just north of Downtown Jacksonville is currently undergoing a renaissance, and is home to many black heritage sites, including sites from Zora Neale Hurston's childhood.
- Take a ride to Amelia Island, just north of Jacksonville. Here you'll find American Beach - Florida's first African American resort community.
- Take in a live performance at The Ritz Theatre & Museum. The theatre sells out its monthly improv show, Amateur Night, and also offers regularly scheduled entertainment. There is an incredible museum dedicated to black history in Jacksonville to check-out during the day.
Visit our multicultural guide to Jacksonville for more ideas on discovering African American history and other activties in Northeast Florida.