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3 ways to celebrate Black History Month in Pensacola

Take a self-guided selfie and food tour through the Historic Belmont-Devilliers District

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During segregation, Belmont-DeVilliers was the commercial and cultural hub of Pensacola’s Black community and was home to many Black-owned businesses, restaurants and music venues, including Abe’s 506 Club, where legends such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Aretha Franklin all performed.

Today, you can find the perfect backdrop for a downtown selfie in front of one of the stunning murals that feature some of Pensacola’s history makers from this historic African-American community. After your photo op, stop into one of the neighborhood’s renowned dining spots; Five Sisters Blues Café, Blue Dot Burgers or the Dwarf Chicken Shack.

Brush up on history and visit The Julee Cottage & The Ella Jordan African American History Museum in downtown Pensacola

Walk through the Julee Panton Cottage located on Zaragoza street. The Pensacola cottage gives an insightful look into to the life of an early African-American in Pensacola, a free woman of color during a time when slavery was still legal. Built in 1805, the home is the only surviving Pensacola home reminiscent of the Creole cottages of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

After that, head over to The Ella Jordan African American History Museum located at 423 N C St. The Museum honors the significant political, social, and economic contributions of African American women in the Pensacola community throughout history, particularly that of Ms. Ella L Jordan.

Catch a sunset at Rosamond Johnson Beach in Perdido Key

Rosamond Johnson Beach was named after an African American hero who was killed in action serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Johnson was the first resident of Pensacola and all of Escambia County, Florida to die in the Korean War. He is buried at the Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.

A monument about Private Johnson and his service in the United States are permanently installed at the beach.

Going back 460 years, Pensacola’s rich African American history can be found at every turn of our community. Join us this month in remembering and celebrating the accomplishments and cultural influences of African Americans who have made Pensacola the vibrant city it is today.