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8 Places in Pensacola to Honor and Celebrate Black History

Mississippi trail, blue sign
Today, travelers can take a trip back in time while enjoying the Belmont Murals in the area along with delicious fares from black-owned businesses including Blue Dot and the Dwarf Chicken Stand.

Underground Railroad Sites: Pensacola Pass & Fort Barrancas

Pensacola Lunch Counter Sit-Ins

Lunch counter sit ins sign
“Confronted by hecklers, they (the protestors) were physically and verbally harassed and even arrested on falsified charges,” according to the marker. As a result of the sit-ins, and an accompanying boycott of downtown businesses, the lunch counters were finally integrated on March 12, 1962.

Julee Panton House in Historic Pensacola Village

General Daniel “Chappie” James Museum & Flight Academy

Chappie james photograph

Johnson Beach – Army Pvt. Rosamond Johnson, Jr.

At the time of his death, most Pensacola Bay Area beaches were not open to blacks except for one in Perdido Key. The beach was accordingly renamed in his honor and remains to this day a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Middle Passage of Pensacola/African Presence in Colonial Pensacola Marker