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Black Heritage X-Perience coming to St. Augustine

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Updated: 1/24/2013 3:39 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Next time you to take a trip to the Ancient may be able to take the Black Heritage Xperience. For the last two years, local educators, entrepreneurs and civil rights leaders have been brainstorming the perfect way for you to learn about black history in St. Augustine.

"It's called the Black Heritage Xperience and what we mean by that is we're going to give you something that's intangible. Something that you can't touch, but something you can feel," Antonio Whitty said.

Whitty and his business partners want to tap into the 6 million tourists that visit St. Augustine each year. A lot of people don't realize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested here-- and the first freed black baby was born at Fort Mose.

The Xperience will start with an interactive website. Tour packages will also be put together. And, that's not all.

"We we also want to bring in restaurants, African-American restaurants that are unique to African-American culture," co-founder Deandrea Ferguson said.

By that, she means soul food restaurants and other cuisine commonly found in the black community.

The Xperience is still being developed, but once it starts, founders are confident it will be a success.

"We want to make St. Augustine a black heritage destination...not only in Florida, but the whole United States," Whitty said.

Over the next couple of weeks, the Black Heritage Xperience will be doing radio promotions to get the word out about these new tours.

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1country - 2/22/2012 12:10 PM
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imtellin - 2/22/2012 7:14 AM
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SOUL FOOD ??? add some soul trains and you might have something there,,, hate to bust their bubble but most tourists don't give a tinkers damn about the civil rights era or dr. martin luther king jr. they simply want to relax and spend money at their leisure... for 2 months every year we have to be subjected to this nonsense 1st with kings b'day then an entire month of black history being rammed down the publics throat... ever hear of backlash ???? it's gotten to the point where i'll just read books for those 2 months rather than hear this drivel on television and radio for 2 months or 1/6th of the year... it's over and done,, get a life,,stop living in your past !!!
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