Saturday will mark 200 years since Florida’s first territorial governor and future US President Andrew Jackson stood up and watched the Spanish flag lower and the US flag hoisted to officially designate Florida as an American entity.
On Friday and Saturday this monumental moment will be celebrated through a series of fun and educational activities during the celebration of the bicentenary of the County of Escambia, which was planned by the 200th Anniversary Commission in collaboration with the city of Pensacola and the Escambia County.
“This territorial period which began in 1821 and spanned 1845 was a period when all of Florida culture shifted from Spanish colonization to the United States,” said the former president of the University of West Florida and retired archaeologist Judy Bense, co-chair of the anniversary commission.
âEverything has changed. The religion, the culture, the architecture. Of course, the political scene. It was so complete that most people don’t understand, so we kind of made this event and things that There were a way to educate people that this happened, and what it meant. ”
Whether you’re 5 or 85, this detailed schedule of upcoming Friday and Saturday activities will be full of your interest. All activities are free to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
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Friday July 16: Complete list of events
The keelboat arrives at 10 a.m. at Pitt Slip Marina then leaves later at 4 p.m.
Two war re-enactments of the Battle of Pensacola take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Fountain Park at 300 E. Zaragoza St.
The Ayoka Afrikan interactive dance and drum workshop runs from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Rich in African heritage and culture, this dance and drum line begins at 120 Church Street and continues through ‘at the Voices of Pensacola multicultural center at 117 E. Government St.
Saturday July 17: Main program
The Mvskoke Mekusvpkv, or Muscogee Prayer, will be performed by the Santa Rosa Creek Tribe at sunrise on Saturday, which is scheduled to take place at 6:39 a.m. Gather for prayer in the museum square.
Then at 10:10 am, a color guard presentation of the colors and the oath of allegiance leads to comments made by the following dignitaries:
- Collier Merrill, President of the UWF Historic Trust
- Judy Bense, Former UWF President
- Martha Saunders, current UWF President
- US Senator Rick Scott
- Capt Timothy Kinsella, Commander NAS Pensacola
- Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee
- Florida Senator Doug Broxson
- Rep. by Florida Michelle Salzman
- Florida Representative Alex Andrade
- Escambia County Commission Chairman Robert Bender
- Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson
After these remarks, Caitlyn Moore of Sacred Heart Cathedral School will read her winning essay, “What it means to me to be an American.”
Leo Day will sing “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America”, and UWF bands will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
A reconstruction of the historic exchange of flags takes place at 11:40 am and is followed by a flight over the Navy. Immediately after the flyby there will be the unveiling of a historical marker by Robinson and Bender.
Watch as a time capsule is stored securely at the UWF Historic Trust, not to be opened for 25 years from Saturday.
Saturday July 17: Post-program activities
The historic village of Pensacola will remain open until 4 p.m. for a sort of after party, featuring a performance by the Ayoka Afrikan drum and dance ensemble on stage and a historical and archaeological treasure hunt for children, which starts at noon.
The draw for the winner of this treasure hunt is at 2 p.m.
Various other demonstrations, re-enactments, live music and dance routines close the bicentennial at the historic village during this period from noon to 4 p.m.
Jake Newby can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8538.