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The history of North Star Legacy Communities has been shaped both by national events, like the great migration, and local context. These historical events include periods of oppression and enslavement, emancipation, barriers in land ownership, racial violence, and turbulent economic movements.

 

North Star Legacy Communities (NSLC) are a collective and organic living museum of African American cultural heritage and resilient ingenuity. NSLCs were founded on plantation by the enslaved and some freedman. Their existence is supported by oral history content, marriages, burial grounds, built structures and, overt participation in gaining education, etc.
 

Many of these “Legacy Communities” survive to this day, but are threatened by issues such as heirs' property, economic flight, gentrification, lack of investment. Through the NSLC initiative, communities are reclaiming their histories and ensuring their future.

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NORTH*STAR
LEGACY COMMUNITIES
CULTURAL HERITAGE TRAIL

EXPLORE OUR HIDDEN TREASURES

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BLACK FLORIDA
TIMELINE

STORY
MAPS

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ORAL
HISTORY

The North Star Legacy spans across 12 counties from the Panhandle to North Florida Keys. Consisting of a BIPoC intercultural region that birth many of America's FIRST black townships, industrial expansion, and religious and educational institutions. To do our part in sharing this rich history with the world this website is intended to serve as a multi-dimensional observatory covering 400 years of the African-American experience throughout North Florida. Our hope is to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation, across generations, of those who entrench footprints to legacy.

Florida State University's Department of Urban & Regional Planning (DURP), working with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Dr. Sandra Thompson, and with support from the Florida Department of State, developed this project in order to preserve and document  North Star Legacy Communities. The department began preliminary work on this project in 2019. This project is a community engagement and economic development project involving extensive fieldwork and engagement with ethnically and economically diverse communities in Jackson County, Florida. 

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Legacy Heritage Tour Experiences

  • Collaborative Storytelling

  • Virtual 3D Mapping

  • Book a trip and receive a Free Tour Guide

  • Home and After-school Curriculum (coming soon)

  • 2022 Legacy Communities Regional Conference (TBA)

BOOK A TOUR GUIDE

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TOUR NORTH STAR
BLACK HERITAGE REGION

3122 Mahan Dr., Suite 801-306, Tallahassee, FL 32308

(850) 933-8510  /  Email:  lcnfinc@gmail.com

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