The Redfish Point is another great, quiet, secluded area for snorkeling. While we stop here, I always think of some of that area’s unique history. This area was home to Jose and Nacisco Hawk Massalina.
Hawk was the son of Jose Massalina, who was a free Spanish black, who came to the area around 1830 and remained for the rest of his life. Hawk became quite a historical figure. Hawk was well known as a hunting, and fishing guide in the area.
Hawk enjoyed telling stories of the first balls fired by the Yankees on Confederates making salt. Hawk enlisted on one of the blockading vessels and led union forces to salt making locations around St. Andrews Bay.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, Hawk invited many blacks to live with him and the Red Fish Point area became the first free black settlement in the area.
The government took possession of this property in 1941 and turned it into Tyndall Air Force base. This forced this community to move across the bay to an area now called Massalina Bayou.