- 24 Sun Mar 2013
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
The public is invited to attend a special remembrance ceremony will be held at Higgs Beach. The African Cemetery at Key West exists because, in 1860, three illegal slave ships were intercepted by the US Navy and diverted to Key West. The Key West community was so appalled at the treatment of the human cargo that they worked collectively to provide food and shelter for the Africans who were being shipped to Cuba to be sold into slavery. Despite their efforts, many of them died and were subsequently buried at Higgs Beach in what has come to be known as the African Cemetery.