The DeLand Black Heritage Trail
The DeLand Black Heritage Trail project develops self-guided cycling and walking routes to connect Black heritage sites at interesting and historically important destinations.
The public was invited to the free Family Street Event to Celebrate the Black Heritage Trail April 16, 2023 from 2-5 pm. The event occured on the block of W. Voorhis Ave between S. Florida and S. Clara Avenues.
On September 9, 2023 the project was awarded the Exceptional Community Partner Award for Superior Service that Transforms a Community from the Spring Hill Resource Center. The award was presented by DeLand Mayor Chris Cloudman at the Spring HIll T.U.R.N Festival To Unite, Rebuild and Network. Click the award image for more information.
It will encourage cyclists and pedestrians to explore places of historical importance and create deeper connections within their community in a health-oriented way. These connections are a catalyst to breaking barriers and economic divides through greater historical awareness and community integration.
This project can inspire infrastructure and policy planning to improve safety. It is made possible through funding from Florida Humanities, Stetson University and America Walks (national organisation). The St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance is the project manager with partnership from West Volusia Historical Society, Stetson University, Joyce Cusack Spring Hill Resource Center, DeLand Police Athletic League, Greater Union First Baptist Church, African American Museum of Art, DeLand & Spring Hill business owners and Spring Hill residents.
We believe: Trails, bike/walk-friendly infrastructure and active outdoor lifestyles are part of the remedy for social, economic, and health problems. Active mobility, intellectual discovery and social interaction are a motivating and inspiring mix.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.