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SURPRISING FOLLOW-UP WITH OUR ANCESTRAL HOME PLACE: FORT MOSE!

 
 A Splendid Journey!
Linda Mose Meadows @ Historic Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose 2012

Witnessing historic milestones at Ft. Mose with our history loving, precious friends:Valada and Tom were awesome. Truly this was an extraordinary day! And it was a tremendous, eventful sequel to our initial visit first made (several weeks ago) to our ancestral home place, Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose located in St. Augustine, Florida. As I meandered through the interactive displays, gleefully examined the maps and artifacts in the Educational Room I received a great thrill as I learned and read the modest sign with the “big news” commemorating “Bloody Mose.”  I still had time and hadn’t missed out on this important event! My vow to return back was kept and I thank God that our return trip came to fruition.

As we entered the park, the vendors greeted the many guests. There were approximately 1000 folks in attendance enjoying the variety of wares,while being enticed with the smells of grilled food waffling through the air. The drinks and fruit were cooling visibly; this was truly an outdoor festivity. People gathered in clusters, some watching the reenactors: the “freed African American”  men, women and children discussing their evacuee plans, several other Hispanic and Native Americans proclaiming, “Viva!” while in the adjacent field the militia were conducting their marching regiments in cadence, and  preparing for battle, which was indeed stimulating and very colorful. This interactive performance was the backdrop for the assembled reporters and curious onlookers. Truly The Fort Mose Historical Society had produced a creative multidimensional palette for this living museum experience.
Day celebrating our freedom @ Fort Mose, be sure to reference:
It was surreal watching the reenactment of The Battle of Bloody Mose, but it was a dream come true standing where our ancestors found refuge and were determined to remain free! And the unexpected gift came, in my sharing with The St. Augustine Record’s Reporter: Sheldon Gardner and Sandra Ratley (Howard University) regarding our family connection to Ft. Mose. This occurance was amazing! Read all about it: http://m.staugustine.com/news/local-news/2012-06-24/battle-brings-life-lesser-known-history

I contend that God was showering His sweet blessing once again! And not only on my return trip home did I savor the wonderful day’s memories, but I happily read all about it the next day’s paper: The St. Agustine Reporter, imagine that!

 
Tucked in our hearts was the love of family and divine kinship. It’s a fact that faith will take us to new destinations and continually point the way!
 
 
 
Peace and Blessings, Linda Mose Meadows:
The Blessedness of Believing: A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
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