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Join Us for an Historical Plaque Dedication

Honoring Dr. Alvan Chapman

Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11 a.m.

at Chapman Botanical Garden 

A plaque dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Alvan Chapman, a distinguished 19th-century botanist, will be held at the entrance to the Chapman Botanical Garden in Apalachicola on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to visit the garden for this free event.

Apalachicola Main Street Director Augusta West, Franklin County State Parks Manager Josh Hodson, and Apalachicola Mayor Kevin Begos will speak prior to the plaque’s unveiling. Visitors are also welcome to explore the antebellum Orman House museum adjacent to the botanical garden to see its collections of 19th century furnishings, clothing, and artifacts. Admission to the house museum is $2 per person.

The Chapman Botanical Garden and Orman House State Park are located at 177 5th Street in Apalachicola. Limited parking is available at the 5th Street entrance. Additional parking is available in the public parking lot near the Market Street entrance.

The event is free and open to the public.
Please practice social distancing. Masks are encouraged.
For further information, please call the Orman House State Park at 850-653-1209.

Thank You for a Succesful Silent Auction Fundraiser!

Thank you to everyone who participated in and donated items to our recent online silent auction. The lucky high bidders took home some fabulous items including a week at a St. George Island beachfront home, a Rascal Flatts autographed guitar, a 2-night stay at The Majestic Jewel in historic Apalachicola, Yeti products, custom art from Joyce Estes Gallery, and more.
Thank you to all our sponsors and bidders!    

Auction Proceeds Will Support

the Moses Roper Exhibit Project

Proceeds from the auction will aid the development of Apalachicola Main Street’s exhibit project dedicated to Moses Roper (1815-1891), who was once a north Florida slave but went on to become a prominent author and lecturer who dedicated his life to abolition. After a daring escape in 1834, Roper walked from Marianna, Florida to Savannah, Georgia where he sailed to New York. 

In 1835, he sailed to England where abolitionists paid for his education. Roper then published one of the best-selling slave narratives in historyNarrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery and over the next decade lectured over 2,000 times across the British Isles. 

The planned exhibit, which may be the first in the world dedicated to exploring Roper’s life and legacy, will be displayed at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture, and Art in February 2021. Funds raised will assist with intensive historical research across several states. 

Apalachicola Main Street, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011 as part of the Florida Main Street and National Main Street networks. This project reflects our commitment to promoting diverse historical and cultural heritage.

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Recent Grant Awards from the Knight Foundation,
Florida Humanities, the Duke Energy Foundation

The Moses Roper project would not be possible without the support of recently awarded grants. Apalachicola Main Street was also just awarded a competitive grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The recent grant cycle was designed to provide relief for non-profits and to fund projects and initiatives that meet the Knight Foundation's community investment strategy to fund the arts, journalism, and/or to foster an informed and engaged community, as well as projects and initiatives promoting diversity, equity and inclusion or work being done in that space. The grant was awarded through the Community Foundation of North Florida, a non-profit that promotes and facilitates long-term charitable giving.
We also received a Community Project Grant from Florida Humanities. As the non-profit statewide partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Florida Humanities awards federal funds each year to local organizations to create a variety of free, humanities-rich programming to diverse communities across the state. These programs and resources seek to preserve Florida’s diverse history and heritage and to promote civic engagement and community dialogue. 
In addition, we were honored to have received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Among the Foundation's funding priorities are supporting projects that strengthen communities through impactful projects that focus on expanding cultural program access for under-served and diverse populations and supporting initiatives involving social justice and racial equity. These grants will cover the costs of a digital interactive kiosk and the graphic design and production of the exhibit panels. 

Our Mission

Apalachicola Main Street, Inc. was established in 2011 as part of the Florida Main Street and National Main Street networks. Apalachicola Main Street’s mission is to enhance the downtown district of Apalachicola with sound economic development that promotes a sustainable future while preserving the district’s historical significance and commitment to quality of life in our community.
We are committed to preserving and promoting the district's rich contributions to Florida’s diverse historical and cultural heritage
Apalachicola Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America™ program.
The downtown district is defined as the City Marina at Battery Park to the Scipio Creek boat basin, and from Water Street to 6th Street.

Apalachicola Main Street is Proud to be Part of the Florida Main Street and National Main Street Networks

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Our work is made possible through the financial support of 

And many other businesses and individuals. Thank You!

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