Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience

About the Exhibition

DSC_0058The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, an anniversary that is recognized and commemorated nationally and internationally. It is the second year of the three-year St. Augustine 450th Commemoration. Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience, a signature exhibition at the Visitor Information Center, showcases the important role African-Americans played in the historical and cultural development of America.

The birth of the African-American experience took place in St. Augustine. The first freed Black settlement was established here; the Emancipation Proclamation was read here; on the very streets that were laid down in 1573 by the Spanish Crown marched Civil Rights activists – nearly four centuries later – calling for the fundamental rights our country emanates.

This state-of-the-art exhibition features authentic objects, original documents, powerful photographs and interactive elements that depict the journey African-Americans experienced from our country’s beginnings until today. The exhibition anchors a citywide passport program that connects visitors, residents and students to important African-American historical sites, exhibitions and programs throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration partnered with local and national organizations to present the true and accurate story of African-Americans and their important cultural contributions.

Learn More – FAQs

Exhibition Dates & Hours

Open from January 20 to July 15, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily


Visitor Information Center
10 W. Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084

What Our Visitors are Saying

Revealing, inspiring and beautifully presented! -Ontario, New York
Excellent exhibit! -
Miami, Florida
Everyone must see! -
St. Augustine, Florida
Thank you for saving history.
-Humble, Texas
Wonderful! Spent four hours here.
-Ann Arbor, Michigan
Overwhelming on so many levels. Thank you.
-St. Augustine, Florida
Saw my aunt in the Emancipation Parade [photo]. -
Olathe, Kansas
Please continue to showcase African-American history! -
Jacksonville, Florida
Gave me chills. Thankful and privileged. -
Seattle, Washington
Unbelievable…we’ve come a long way. -Jacksonville, Florida
Brought back sad and happy memories. -Colorado
Very informative. Learned something new. -Jacksonville, Florida
Everyone should see this. Absolutely essential. -Canada
Incredibly powerful displays. Inspiring bravery of youngsters. -Vermont

Group Tours

For groups of 10 or more people, a group tour is recommended. Tours are scheduled according to availability, but we make every effort to accommodate your scheduling needs. Please provide for at least seven days notice to schedule a group tour. The tour of the exhibition is approximately 45 minutes long or can be consolidated to 30 minutes, depending on each group’s time schedule.

For school groups, one adult chaperone per every 10 students is admitted into the exhibition free. Each additional chaperone is $3.

Please contact the following to schedule a group tour.

Kathy Burnett

Visiting St. Augustine

Along with the Journey exhibition, St. Augustine offers wonderful accommodations and events. Check out the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau website to learn more and to book your accommodations.

Curriculum Materials

Download Teacher’s Guide

View Suggested Reading List

For information about the teacher’s guide, contact Jennifer Zuberer at 904.825.1053 or

Media Inquiries

Download Press Kit & Images

Advisory Council Members

Pictured from left to right – Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, Don Crichlow, Charles Ellis, Otis Mason, Barbara Vickers, Gregory McLeod, James Bullock, Leanna Freeman, Thomas Jackson and Mayor Joseph Boles

Pictured from left to right – Vice-Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline, Don Crichlow, Charles Ellis, Otis Mason, Barbara Vickers, Gregory McLeod, James Bullock, Leanna Freeman, Thomas Jackson and Mayor Joseph Boles

The 2014 Commemoration Advisory Council was honored with a proclamation at last night’s city commission meeting. The proclamation officially recognized the formation of the 13-member council that oversees the content, development and authentication of the upcoming exhibition titled Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience (opening January 20).

Advisory Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes

October 30, 2013

November 21, 2013

December 18, 2013 at 1 p.m.

January 13, 2014 at 3 p.m.


Interested in volunteering for the Journey exhibition? Check out the volunteer opportunities.

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