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Independent Life Insurance Building was built in 1955. The wide base was designed to accommodate the very large computers and printers of that era.

Jacksonville: formerly “The Hartford of the South”

JF Bryan IV recounts the history of the insurance industry at Speaker Series event Over 70 members of the Jacksonville Historical Society and other guests gathered Jan. 23 at Old St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Jacksonville to hear the story of the rise and decline of insurance companies which were headquartered in the city. The […]

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Collage of photos of Black musicians

Deep Roots, Many Branches

The Blues in Northeast Florida The Southern Genealogists’ Exchange Society cordially invites you to take a musical journey with JHS Senior Archivist Mitch Hemann — musician/singer/songwriter by avocation — at the Mandarin Branch Library, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. The library is located at 3330 Kori Road, near the intersection of San Jose Blvd. and […]

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Jacksonville Terminal

Remembering life on the railways

            “My daddy was a railroad man,” said Peggy Harrell Jennings of Ortega. “My father, A.C. Harrell, worked for Seaboard Air Line, then Seaboard Coastline Railways when they merged, for about 30 years. He retired sometime in the late 1980s and passed on in 1992. He was a trainman, brakeman and sometimes a conductor.”             […]

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