Bicentennial of Escambia County: Activity Plan, Background

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On Saturday, it will be 200 years since Florida’s first Territorial Governor and later United States President Andrew Jackson stood and watched the Spanish flag being lowered and the American 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 Bicentennial of Escambia County, planned by the 200th Anniversary Commission in collaboration with the City of Pensacola and Escambia County.

“This territorial period, which began in 1821 and lasted until 1845, was a time when all of Florida culture moved from Spanish colonial times to the United States,” said former University of West Florida president and retired archaeologist Judy Bense. the co-chair of the Jubilee Commission.

“Everything has changed. Religion, culture, architecture. Of course the political scene. It was so comprehensive that most people don’t understand, so we did this event and the things that led to it as a kind of education people that it happened and what it meant. ”

Whether you are 5 or 85 years old, there are plenty of activities to keep you interested in this detailed Friday and Saturday schedule. All activities are free to the public unless otherwise stated.

â–ºEscambia County turns 200! This is how we celebrate – and learn.

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Friday July 16: Full list of events

The keelboat arrives at Pitt Slip Marina at 10 a.m. and departs later at 4 p.m.

Two historical reenactments of the Battle of Pensacola will take place at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm in Fountain Park at 300 E. Zaragoza Street.

The interactive Ayoka Afrikan Drum and Dance Workshop takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rich in African heritage and culture, this dance and drum line begins at 120 Church St. and continues to the Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Center at 117 E. Government St.

Saturday 17th July: main program schedule

The Mvskoke Mekusvpkv or Muscogee prayer is performed by the Santa Rosa Creek Tribe on Saturday at sunrise, which is expected to take place at 6:39 a.m. Gather for prayer in Museum Square.

Then at 10:10 a.m., a color guard presentation of the colors and the vow of loyalty leads into the comments of the following dignitaries:

  • Collier Merrill, chairman of the UWF Historic Trust
  • Judy Bense, former UWF President
  • Martha Saunders, current UWF President
  • US Senator Rick Scott
  • Captain Timothy Kinsella, commanding officer of NAS Pensacola
  • Florida’s Secretary of State Laurel Lee
  • Florida Senator Doug Broxson
  • Florida Rep Michelle Salzman
  • Florida Rep Alex Andrade
  • The chairman of the Escambia County Commission, Robert Bender
  • Pensacolas Mayor Grover Robinson

After that, Caitlyn Moore of Sacred Heart Cathedral School will read her winning essay “What It Means to Me to Be American”.

Leo Day will sing “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America”, and UWF bands will play “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

At 11.40 a.m. there will be a reenactment of the historic flag change, followed by a Navy flyover. Immediately after the overpass, a historic Robinson and Bender marker is revealed.

Watch as a time capsule is kept safe at the UWF Historic Trust and won’t open as of Saturday 25 years ago.

Saturday 17th July: activities according to the program

Pensacolas Historic Village will stay open until 4:00 p.m. for an after-party of sorts, with a performance by the Ayoka Afrikan Drum and Dance Ensemble on stage and a children’s history and archeology scavenger hunt that starts at 12 noon.

The drawing of the winners for this scavenger hunt is at 2 p.m.

Various other demonstrations, reenactments, live music and dance performances round off the bicentenary in the Historic Village during this period from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Jake Newby can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8538.


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