Jose Massalina

A community of Blacks was established at Red Fish Point on what is now Tyndall Air Force Base. Jose Massalina was a free black Spanish merchant marine. He jumped ship at St. Joseph in 1836 and made his way to Red Fish Point to homestead. Massalina went to Georgia and bought a slave wife and invited about 40 Black families to join him. They constructed a school and church as well as individual homes.

Jose Massalina lived to be 112 years old and his son, Hawk, lived to be 108.


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