“Spirits” to Tell Story of Slave Trade in Heritage House Exhibit

(Bradenton, Fla., May 14, 2015) – The Family Heritage House Museum at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will display its latest exhibit, “Spirits of the Passage: Stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” through May 31, in the museum at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

“Spirits of the Passage” is a major exhibit that tells the story of the slave trade through 10 “pop up” displays giving an overview of the slave trade and the economics that drove it. The exhibit also tells the story of a slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, which sank off the Florida Keys, and the African Cemetery in Key West.

The exhibit was created through research conducted by the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West. Fisher was a treasure hunter who found the fabled Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha in 1985. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the State of Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Regular museum hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with other hours by appointment. For more information, contact Museum Specialist Kathie Marsh at 941-752-5319 or Maps and directions are online at

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