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Reminiscent of the 1920s when the Florida Casket Company erected its three-story casket factory, this old typewriter sits sentinel on the second floor, awaiting demolition in preparation for renovation.

Council approves funding request

Jacksonville City Council votes 16-1 in favor of appropriation bill to help Casket Factory building renovation Thanks to 16 of 19 City of Jacksonville Councilmembers, wheels are in motion for help from City Council to fund the $300,000 renovation campaign to establish a state-of-the-art archival processing and storage facility at the Jacksonville Historical Society. On […]

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Black History Hidden in Plain Sight

Since acquiring the photo collection of the Florida Times-Union, we have spent considerable time working with its rich and diverse materials. Whether it’s a national media outlet in need of a photo of a young Hank Aaron, or preparations for our recent Speaker Series program at Edward Waters College, we enjoy any opportunity to go […]

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The Aging of Urban Churches

In recent months, Jacksonville’s historic buildings have been a lively topic in the public discourse. The attention drawn by the demolition of Fire Station #5, on Riverside Avenue, as well as that of a group of houses in the Cathedral District, has raised awareness and sensitivity to the future of old buildings. The conversation promises […]

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Judge Brian Davis

February 2022 Speaker Series on Jacksonville’s first Black lawyer

The Honorable Brian J. Davis, a United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, will share the history of Joseph E. Lee, the first African American to practice law in Jacksonville, having been admitted to the Florida Bar in 1873. Judge Davis was appointed by President Barack Obama […]

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