Near Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Voices From the Past
Many American traditions originate from the daily activities and beliefs of enslaved people. Practices that survive today revolve around cooking, singing, dancing, worshiping, and healing. While daily work was individually focused, life in the slave quarters revolved around family and community.
Stories of slave home life lay in the few words left behind in narrative and interviews of former slaves.
...after preparing and eating their evening meal they gathered around a cabin to sing and moan songs seasoned with African melody. Then to the tune of an old fiddle they danced a dance called "the green corn dance"...
James Johnson, 1900s
We used to slip off in de woods in de old days on Sunday evening way down in de swamps to sing and pray to our own liking. We prayed for dis day of freedom.
Alice Sewell, 1900s
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 30° 26.21′ N, 81° 26.255′ W. Marker is near Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on Palmetto Avenue 2.1 miles north of Fort George Road, Touch for map. This historical marker is located in a national park. The historical marker is in a very remote area that is reached by traveling a considerable distance on an unpaved dirt road. To get there one must turn north, off of the Florida State Route 1A (Heckscher Road), onto Fort George Road, and then traveling about 0.6 miles to the intersection of Fort George Road and Palmetto Avenue, were you turn north on Palmetto Avenue and travel to the end of this road to reach the historical marker. The turn-off from state route 1A can be identified by the "Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island Visitor Center" sign that is situated right at the turnoff point. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32226, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Slave Cabins (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Slave Cabins (within shouting distance of African Identity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named African Identity (about 300 feet away); Slaves Cabins (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Also see . . .
1. Kingsley Plantation. This is a link to information provided by the National Park Service. (Submitted on March 29, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Kingsley Plantation. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on March 29, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 695 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.