Groundworks Debut Kingsley Plantation History Project

Photo: Catye Evoniuk

The Groundwork Jacksonville Green Team Youth Corps recently debuted their animation project titled: “The 400 Project – Honoring the Enslaved Voices of Kingsley Plantation” at the annual Kingsley Heritage Celebration. The virtual celebration of African heritage and remembered the enslaved that lived at Kingsley Plantation. The project was apart of the Goundwork Green Team Youth Corps’ program.

Over the summer, the Groundwork teens worked with park rangers on a program to commemorate 400 years since Africans were brought to the English colonies to be enslaved. The youth worked with Jacksonville Public Library staff to learn research techniques. They also gained special insight on Kingsley’s heritage from descendants. The teens then utilized their creativity to tell the story of Kingsley Plantation through the voices of six individuals who were enslaved there. They wrote and recorded two simulated radio shows – one featuring mock interview with historic African Americans who were enslaved at Kingsley Plantation and the other, a radio variety show, featuring music, poetry and interviews.

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