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Jacksonville’s Unique Place in Black History

During this Black History Month of 2024, the Brentwood branch of the Jacksonville Public Library is displaying a traveling poster exhibition titled “A Place for All People,” provided by the Smithsonian Institution. This poster series is an invitation to Americans to visit the newest of the Smithsonian’s museums, the National Museum of African American History […]

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What History Is … and Is Not

The City of Jacksonville’s recent removal of another memorial to the Confederacy from a city park has made the idea of “protecting history” a lively topic [again]. Of course, anything that gets people talking about history can’t be all bad, so historians welcome the conversation. To historians, though, fear of the “destruction of history” is […]

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Black History Month Speaker Series Programs

The Jacksonville History Center celebrates Black History Month in February with a second Speaker Series program, then launches Women’s History Month in March with a program on Augusta Savage. Join us February 21 for a roundtable discussion with former members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on the history of black policing in Jacksonville.

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21st Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza People’s Choice Winner

More than 3,200 visitors to the 21st Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza at Old St. Andrew’s Church chose the winner of the People’s Choice display. The votes were so close, just 100 or so apart, and the winner is “Santa’s Enchanted Airline” by Team Duncan’s Dough Nuts, a fourth year builder. Congratulations to all our builders and […]

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Women’s History Month Speaker Series program

Born in Green Cove Springs, February 29, 1892, Augusta Christine Fells Savage began creating sculptures from natural clay found in her backyard. She moved to Jacksonville in 1920 to support herself by sculpting busts of prominent blacks in the community, but moved to New York City a year later. Best known for her work “The […]

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