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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  • I enjoyed many of lunches here just at one of the several pavilions here. This beach usually kept very nice clean here. Walking out on the pier is relaxing. There are restrooms available. And places to eat here if you don't bag it. In the past the homeless crowded a lot of pavilions, and bothered the people, but that gas changed for the better.
  • Of all the beaches I have been to this was definitely not the greatest. Stopped at Key West on a cruise. Took a taxi to Highs beach for $13. Pretty pricey for 1.5 miles from the Conch Tour Trolley station. Rocky beach and dirty. Litter all over made it hard to build sand castles with my daughters. The public restrooms were disappointing. Something you'd find at a beach in another country but Key West? A lot of homeless people wandering the beach. The playgrounds were nice but we didn't have much time to stay. Took an Uber back to the downtown area for about $10.
  • Nice place and friendly people. Dog friendly, beautiful sunrise, play area for kids, clean bathrooms and just a nice place. Needs grills though.
  • Nice and clear, wave less beach .... Good for swimming ... No proper change room ...
  • Nice and relaxing place. Can rent canoes, rafts, noodles and chair/umbrella on the beach. Go into the water through the stairs at the dock. If you go in through the shore you risk stepping on coral. There is also a dog park, so all the members of the family can have fun.

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