Many people do not know that the first underground railroad in the U.S. didn’t head north, it headed south to Florida. Slaves fleeing slavery in the Carolinas and Georgia often headed to the fortified town of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, now known as Fort Mose, in search of freedom. Volunteers from Florida Living History Inc., in partnership with Fort Mose Historic State Park and the Fort Mose Historical Society, offer visitors an opportunity to look back and glimpse the journey of the people fleeing slavery. Part of Florida Living History Inc.’s educational initiatives for black history month, the annual Flight to Freedom heritage event includes “Freedom Trail” guided tours, colonial Spanish military demonstrations and period culinary demonstrations. Admission to the heritage event is free, but there is a museum admission fee of $2. Children 5 and under are free. This year all three days are open to both the public and school groups. Schools will want to contact us at 904-823-2234 for scheduling and coordination.