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Higgs Beach African Graves, Key West

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Cemetery Historic Site
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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  • In 1860, more than 1,400 African men, women and children were rescued from slave vessels. Freed by the U.S. Navy near Cuba and transported to Key West. 295 did not survive and were buried in unmarked ...  more »
  • Right off higgs beach and great historical information and tribute with amazing artwork. Worth the stop...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Besides the water being a little dark at first (which I am not sure if it's all of Key West beaches that are like that), the beach itself is great! The water is warm and when you go down the platform it's not deep at all. You have feet. It's small but it's a nice place to sun bathe, swim, play volleyball, or even being your dog.
  • Loved this beach. Peaceful place for a family outing. Good place to take your kids. There are no waves and kids can make the most out of the beach. There are water sports too
  • Beach would be nicer if they could keep the seaweed at bay. Ample parking though.
  • 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.
  • 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