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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  • We literally stumbled across this memorial & cemetery having walked down the pier on Higgs Beach. There stands a plaque explaining that in 1860, three American ships bound for Cuba were intercepted by...  more »
  • Happened upon this on an evening stroll along the beach. The story of these "rescued" slaves is both beautiful and provocative. Recommend for history lovers.  more »
  • We were driving around the beach area after walking down to the end of the pier when we discovered Martello Fort, but I saw no fort. Then I discovered the little memorial for the African slaves of Hig...  more »
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  • This is easily the best public beach in Key West. There is a restaurant and the restrooms are clean. The sea wall on the east end and the pier on the west are decent snorkeling sites. Playground for little ones is also nice. Picnic tables and the occasional tree make for great shade if you can get there early and plan for where the shade will be later in the day.
  • Clean beach. Nice place to watch sunset 👍 it's so beautiful how the sky color keeps changing after sunset :) Good place for a family outing/ wedding photography/photography. Parking is pretty decent. Need to walk a bit but worth it. Washrooms aren't that clean. Restaurants available around.
  • Gorgeous beach right along bike trail. There is a protected swimming area with steps going right down into it that makes you feel like you are in a pool created by nature. Playground, Garden Club grounds, African Cemetery Memorial also right there.
  • We stopped here and watched the kite board surfers! I always think I could do something like that and maybe I’ll buy one, but let’s be real here haha. It was really fun to watch them and they jump so high in the air.
  • Beautiful..clean and great restraunts on beach. Pier is nice for sunsets. Try Salutz ice cream sandwich..homemade & Great salads!
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