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Becoming Jacksonville

At the beginning of its bicentennial year Jacksonville ought to be an easier place to describe than it is. For 199 years — longer than any of Florida’s other large cities have been around — Jacksonville has persisted and outgrown them all. Jacksonville is authentic.

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How Pearl Harbor shaped Jacksonville

Since the onset of the Second World War, Jacksonville has been a Navy town, and to this day approximately one-third of the region’s economy is related to the military – mainly, the U.S. Navy, which maintains three major bases in the area, two entirely within the City of Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville’s Reckoning

We live in a city approaching its 200th anniversary, and that deserves commemoration. We dignify our past by striving constantly to see it clearly, acknowledging its presence in our own lives, and its effects on generations yet to come. That’s why Jacksonville history matters.

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Surprising Jacksonville

For newcomers to Jacksonville, the city can be surprising in many ways. Once you get past the city’s sprawling size, and begin to explore neighborhoods new and old, you begin to sense there’s more here than meets the eye.

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Judge Brian Davis

February 2022 Speaker Series on Jacksonville’s first Black lawyer

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974, and a juris doctorate in 1980 from the University of Florida, where he served on Law Review, and received Moot Court and Appellate Advocacy Honors. Davis is well-suited to speak about legal “firsts” among African Americans, having himself served as the first African American Chief […]

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From the Library

From The Library — Named for its author, The Green Book provided a guide to safe travels for Black people in the segregated South from 1936 to 1966.

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