Monday, April 19, 2021 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
This year's Waring Distinguished Speakers Series will feature a panel of discussants that are the leaders of the Looking for Angola project.
Looking for Angola is a multidisciplinary research project, aimed at discovering the location of “Angola,” a maroon community that thrived on Florida’s southwest coast from 1812-1821. It was comprised of formerly enslaved Africans, free Blacks, Red Stick Creek and Seminole Indians. In 1821, Lower Creek Indians and bounty hunters raided the Angola Settlement. Some survivors of the raid escaped south along the Florida coast to Cape Florida, where they boarded canoes and wreckers, heading for safety and freedom in the Bahamas.
The research team has been focused on two aspects: discovering the location of the site of Angola and working with the descendant community in Red Bays, Andros Island, Bahamas to document both the oral history and the culture that has been passed down over generations.