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Moses Elias Levy

 
 
Moses Elias Levy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 9, 2016
1. Moses Elias Levy Marker
Inscription.  Moses Elias Levy (1782-1854), a Moroccan born Jewish merchant, came to Florida after its cession from Spain to the United States in 1821. Before his arrival, Levy acquired over 50,000 acres in East Florida. In 1822, Levy began development on Pilgrimage Plantation, just northwest of the future town of Micanopy. The plantation's main commodity was sugar cane, which Levy had reintroduced to Florida. Levy and his partners, including the Florida Association of New York, helped to draw Jewish settlers to the area with the goal of creating a refuge for oppressed European Jews in a communitarian settlement, the first on U.S. soil. Levy's efforts sparked significant economic development, spurring the growth of Micanopy from a small trading post to a bustling town. Pilgrimage was destroyed in 1835 during the Second Seminole War, but Levy's reform efforts continued. He promoted free public education and served as one of the territory's first Education Commissioners. He was also a vigorous advocate for the gradual abolition of slavery and the humane treatment of enslaved people. Levy was the father of David Levy Yulee, one of the first U.S. Senators from
Moses Elias Levy Marker in median of the boulevard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 9, 2016
2. Moses Elias Levy Marker in median of the boulevard
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Florida and the first U.S. Senator of Jewish heritage in American history.
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Erected 2015 by The Town of Micanopy, Micanopy Historical Society, The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-860.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAgricultureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
 
Location. 29° 30.313′ N, 82° 16.773′ W. Marker is in Micanopy, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is at the intersection of NE Cholokka Boulevard and Northeast Magnolia Avenue, in the median on NE Cholokka Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Micanopy FL 32667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Micanopy Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat Chacala Anchor (within shouting distance of this marker); Micanopy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stagecoach Stop (about 400 feet away); William Bartram (about 400 feet away); Thrasher Warehouse
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); The History of Pepsi Cola (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home Made Tractor (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Micanopy.
 
Also see . . .  Moses Elias Levy. (Submitted on May 27, 2019, by Jerry Klinger of Boynton Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 638 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 27, 2022