Wednesday, September 28, 2011

buried in the sand

Have you ever been at the beach and buried someone in the sand, just leaving their head out? Lots of fun, right? Well, you might not want to try that at this beach.

Near this site lie the remains of 294 African men, women and children who died in Key West in 1860. In the summer of that year the U.S. Navy rescued 1,432 Africans from three American-owned ships engaged in the illegal slave trade. Ships bound for Cuba were intercepted by the U.S. Navy, who brought the freed Africans to Key West where they were provided with clothing, shelter and medical treatment. They had spent weeks in unsanitary and inhumane conditions aboard the slave ships. In all, 294 Africans succumbed at Key West to various diseases caused by conditions of their confinement. They were buried in unmarked graves on the present day Higgs Beach where West Martello Tower now stands.

more on this story HERE

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Uhhh.... creepy!