Black History Month
We’ve put together a list of some of the resources at the Department of State to help celebrate Black History Month.
African Americans and the vote
This collection from the State Archives of Florida includes online, searchable records that list individuals who registered to vote in the State of Florida in 1867 and 1868.
These lists are unique because they are the first voter rolls in Florida to systematically include African Americans.
Additionally, for most black Floridians listed in this collection, this is the earliest instance of their inclusion by their full name on an official state document.
Guide from the State Library of Florida that includes books, articles and digital resources to help users explore Emancipation in Florida and the Reconstruction period that followed (1865-1877).
- Clausell Family Papers
- Sacred Florida
- State Library of Florida Bibliographies
- Genealogy Resources
- Florida Memory
- Artists and Writers
- Black Heritage Trail
- Search World War I Service Cards
- Florida During World War I Bibliography
- Documents the public life and activities of Bernyce Clausell, the first female minister in Florida, civil rights activist and founder of Calvary Baptist Church in Tallahassee.
- Contains Clausell's personal files, home videos, day planners, and programs and minutes from the First Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Association.
- Includes video recordings of her sermons and speeches as well as a variety of typed sermons written by her husband, Reverend James Clausell.
- Troy Demps, Hymn Liner
- African-American Church Minutes
- WPA African-American Church Records
- Religion and Spirituality in Florida Bibliography
- Florida’s African-American History
- Emancipation and Reconstruction in Florida
- Women’s History in Florida
- Black History Month: Resources for Students and Educators
- The Black Experience: A Guide to African-American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida
- Zora Neale Hurston
- The Highwaymen
- James Weldon Johnson
- Augusta Savage
- Purvis Young
This publication features 64 pages of historic African-American history and heritage sites from Pensacola to Key West, as well as profiles and biographical sketches.
- Tell the Truth! includes songs by blues and gospel guitarist Richard Williams and family.
- Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night includes blues music from the Florida Folk Festival.
- Shall We Gather at the River includes African-American sacred music from the Florida Folklife collection.
- Florida Music Tours allows you to search for events by musician, music styles and region.