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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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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.
  • The beach is small but beautiful tho. There is a long pier stretching into the ocean. If you want spend a long day relaxing, I would recommend the Fort Taloy Park beach.
  • Great place to go and to just Bob like a bobber and take in the sun and water. Little Rockie but once you get passed the first 15 feet it's sand and feels good on the feet.
  • Had a great day with my family st Higgs beach. So much swimming and fun was worth the long drive from Doral, Miami. Thank you Key West.
  • 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

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