Micanopy in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Moses Elias Levy
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 Florida and the first U.S. Senator of Jewish heritage in American history.
By Tim Fillmon, April 9, 2016
1. Moses Elias Levy Marker
A Florida Heritage Site
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.)
By Tim Fillmon, April 9, 2016
2. Moses Elias Levy Marker in median of the boulevard
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Micanopy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Bartram Trail (about 400 feet away); Evinston Community Store and Post Office / History of Evinston, Florida (approx. 3.5 miles away); Madison Starke Perry (approx. 4 miles away); Rochelle Vicinity (approx. 7 miles away); Gainesville’s Only Artesian Spring (approx. 8.2 miles away); Boulware Springs Water Works Building (approx. 8.2 miles away); Serenola Plantation (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Micanopy.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 34 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.