Bahama Village

Relics of a Fading Community

Custom House Museum | Bryan Gallery

January 13 - March 19, 2023

During the Reconstruction Era, Blacks in the former slave-holding states saw education as an important step towards achieving equality, independence and prosperity.  As voters and legislators, they played crucial roles in creating public schools for blacks and whites in the Southern and border states in the late 1800s.  On that basis, the first public school for Black students a was established in Key West in 1870.  It was named Frederick Douglass School in honor of the famous orator and activist.  This exhibition will commemorate the Douglass School, its educators and students through images and objects.

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