African American Resources for Florida

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A list of resources for researching African American ancestors in Florida.

Internet Sites


  • Access Genealogy. Florida African American Cemeteries. This is a list of African American cemeteries in many of the counties in Florida. Some have links to transcripts of the tombstones in the cemetery. (accessed 6 July 2012)
This report details the evidence of an African cemetery at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida, and describes how it was located. Includes facsimiles of historical records, maps, and photos. In 1860, the U.S. Navy intercepted three American-owned slave ships taking Africans to Cuba. Now refugees, the Africans were taken to Key West before being sent to Liberia. Many died and were buried at Higgs Beach.

Slave Narratives

  • Access Genealogy. Florida Slave Narratives. (accessed 6 July 2012). Interviews with former slaves done during the 1930s,

Other Sources


  • Brown, Canter, Jr. Florida's Black Public Officials, 1867-1924, (Tuscaloosa, Alabama:University of Alabama Press, c1998). FHL book 975.9 D34b
  • Florida Memory, The Black Experience: A Guide to African American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida (accessed 6 April 2012).
  • McGriff, Delbra D. The Black Experience: a Guide to Afro-American Resources in the Florida State Archives, (Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Department of State Division of Library and Information Services, 1991). FHL book 975.9 A1 no. 122 Revised 2002 digitized version.
  • Richardson, Joe Martin. African Americans in the reconstruction of Florida, 1865-1877. ( Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2008]). Find at a library near you.

Records on Film

  • Documents Relating to the Military and Naval Service of Blacks Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War, (Washington [District of Columbia]:The National Archives, 1973), on 4 microfilm reels FHL films 1601548-1601551.
  • Freedman's Savings and Trust Company (Tallahassee, Florida), Registers of Signatures of Depositors, 1866-1872, (Washington [District of Columbia]: National Archives. Central Plains Region, 1969). FHL film 928575 item 4.

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Archives and Libraries

  • The Black Archives Research Center at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). The majority of the archival holdings are records about the history of Africans and African Americans, especially their institutions and organizations, with an impressive holding of manuscripts, rare books, journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, and photographs.
  • Africana Heritage Project at the University of South Florida (USF). Their mission "is to rediscover precious records that document the names and lives of former slaves, freed persons and their descendants, and share those records on this free Internet site."
  • State Archives of Florida is the central repository for the state government. It collects historically significant records, including private manuscripts.
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