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Higgs Beach African Graves, Key West

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The African Cemetery at Higgs Beach is an historic cemetery in Key West, Florida. It contains the graves of Africans who died after being rescued in 1860 from captured slave ships. The cemetery was discovered in 2002 using ground-penetrating radar. On June 26, 2012, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This is a small memorial at Higg's Beach. It memorializes the Africans that were liberated by the US Navy from slave ships headed to Cuba, yet died from various illnesses in Key West. It has represent...  more »
  • Arrived early at key west so we decided to waste a few hours at a beach .... first one we came upon was this one .... an okay beach , free parking and a snack bar nearby ... the water was murky when w...  more »
  • Great story, sad part of our history. Take a minute to stop and see this memorial and remember what has happened.  more »
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  • Beautiful views and a great place to walk along the piers. The first few steps into the water are rocky, but after powering through that it's great
  • It's a pretty beach. You need to pay for the beach chairs and umbrellas if you want to use them. And there's at least one volleyball court and a restaurant nearby for other activities. You can rent out a gazebo for planned events, live performances, etc. Before you get wet you might need foot protection; the first few steps out into the water can be really rough but when you get far enough out you'll find the sand is incredibly soft.
  • Full Moon party every month with the super hot fire dancer Miranda performing and DJ's spinning. Fun times with cool people.
  • Best public beach in Key west. Private resorts may be better. Sand is rough but views and water are good.
  • Good place if you just want to walk/stroll along the ocean. The sandy part of the beach is very small and shallow - so not a good place to swim. There is a good playground for children - which children and parents love. Paved walkways, bathrooms, a few picknik few tables, covered pavilions for group events, valleyball fields, access to two piers, free entrance to a garden. A lot of free parking space. There is a restaurant right on the beach. Also right across the street there is one more playground for kids, free tennis courts and exercise/workout trail.