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Historic African American Homes / Jacksonville’s Hispanic Heritage

September Speaker Series Program: A History of the Sunshine State’s Historic African American Homes

Thursday, September 23, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Jada Wright-Greene is a self-proclaimed African American museum activist, writer, independent museum professional, and lover of history. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethune-Cookman University, a master’s degree in urban  and regional planning, a dual master’s in museum studies and nonprofit management from Johns Hopkins University, and is pursuing a master’s in history at Jackson State University.

Jada is the first African American to complete the Museum Studies program at Michigan State University. Jada’s book, “Florida’s Historic African American Homes,” is the first of its kind on this topic. She fell in love with historic homes at the age of 16 with her first step in Mary McLeod Bethune’s home on a college trip at Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach and, since 2003, has researched historic homes and sites focused on African Americans.

If you would like to purchase the book, “Florida’s Historic African American Homes,” please click here.

October Speaker Series Program: Voces de Hispanos: Jacksonville’s Hispanic Heritage

Thursday, October 14, 7 p.m. at Old St. Andrew’s Church, 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

Doors open at 6 p.m., light refreshments will be served. Free to members of the Jacksonville Historical Society; $10 suggested donation for non-members, collected at the door.

Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi is an oral historian, founder of Treasures From Aztlan, writer, and speaker on the Florida Humanities Council. She is an adjunct professor of English and produces podcasts and radio programs. An oral historian since 2005, her Treasures From Aztlan collection contains Mexican American narrators that lived during the Jim Crow era. 

In preparation for this program, Dr. Dominguez-Karimi is conducting research and interviews from and about Latinos in Duval County. She is seeking Latino narrators, ages 14 and above, to participate in oral histories. If interested, please contact her at (561) 779-9156 or rbkarimi@gmail.com for an appointment.

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