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Pensacola Free People of Color

Hello Afrigeneas Researchers:

Listed below is a link to the names of Free People of Color in Pensacola.

The list was culled from an article and research concerning a Florida law that forced free people to take a "guardian", a white person. Some were exempted from this law based on how long they lived there or were born in Pensacola. *

This list doesn't include all of the free people of color. There were many more. Most but not all were Creoles of Color whose ancestors were predominately Spanish and African. Many had strong family links to New Orleans and Mobile.

The names of Pons, Sunday and Ruby were well known Creole names. Salvatore Pons was the first black mayor of Pensacola in the 1860's, Salvatore Ruby born in 1765 was the commanding officer the Black and Militia Unit in Pensacola, and Sunday's offspring became doctors and at one time they were one of wealthiest black families in Florida.

Pensacolians like to remind its visitors that Pensacola is the oldest city/settlement in the United States. A few years after its founding, a hurricane devastated the city. Thus St. Augustine, Florida became the oldest permanent city in the U. S.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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