Various cost-free Blacks held Spanish land grants in the typical region northwest of present day Holmes Boulevard and County Road 214. Two of them, Philip Edinburgh (also Edinboro, Embara and other spellings) and Tony (or Antonio) Proctor bought their land grant property, which would develop into the sugar plantation of John Hanson.

The houses of Edinburgh and Proctor ended up adjacent. Tony Proctor was the lifetime companion of Edinburgh’s daughter Eusebia and the father of his grandson. Each gentlemen and their families experienced been residents of the St. Augustine region in the course of its Spanish yrs and remained after Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821.

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Hanson would merge these two parcels with some others to develop his sugar plantation in the 1830s. At the sugar organization, the do the job would be performed by enslaved Blacks. The product sales of Edinburgh’s and Proctor’s lands are showcased in the on the internet Black Record Thirty day period exhibit by the Office environment of the St. Johns County Clerk of Court docket Brandon Patty, stjohnsclerk.com/black-heritage-exhibit.