✊🏾📖 The Powerful Influence Black Pensacolans Have Had on the Multicultural City
The Rosamond Johnson, Jr. Memorial at Johnson Beach • photo courtesy Elegant Fowl
Recently, we had the chance to visit the Rosamond Johnson Jr. memorial at Johnson Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore. This article from Deep South spotlights the impact of Black Pensacolans on the area; Johnson’s story is highlighted in this article. Our time was short, but everything we discovered is calling us back. Be sure to check our calendar listings for news of the annual Rosamond Johnson Beach Day celebration in May. We can’t wait to visit Johnson Beach again! – Editor
Pensacola, Florida, may be best known for its sugar-white beaches and turquoise water, but its postcard beauty belies a rich and diverse history. In the last 450 years, Pensacola has come under the sway of five different flags – Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American. Each wave of occupation brought new immigrants to Pensacola’s shores – all of whom contributed to the city’s cultural and ethnic milieu. Among the waves of settlers, soldiers, and immigrants were many of African descent, who have helped define modern-day Pensacola.
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