Niggertown Marsh

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Niggertown Marsh was the original name of a Civil War era rural marsh community that is notable for being one of the first recorded settlements in Florida, run and maintained entirely by freed slaves, or Freedmen, after the end of the U.S. Civil War.[1]

The settlement, in Highlands County, was founded by a man called “Nep”. The larger area of the settlement was named Niggertown Knoll, next to it being Niggertown Marsh. In the early 1990s, the original names were viewed as offensive and the public authorities stripped the names from public record and maps.[2]


  1. ^ The South: A Two-Step Odyssey on the Backroads of the Enchanted Land Hall, B. Clarance, Wood, C. T., July 1996, Touchstone, ISBN 978-0-684-81893-1
  2. ^ Racial slurs deleted from Fla, maps JET, (magazine), July 1992, Johnson Publishing