History Jacksonville! – LaVilla- Our 1st Suburb-The Ritz Theatre, Old Stanton High, Fire Station 4

History Jacksonville is back! We explore LaVilla, a historic African American neighborhood that was Jacksonville’s 1st suburb. I talk about the Ritz Theatre, the legacy of James Weldon Johnson, old Stanton High School, Fire Station Number 4, the Masonic Temple, Old Brewster Hospital, the old 20th century houses that are still standing, and more. I call for an organized effort for affordable housing and talk about the amazing history of LaVilla in the 20th century, the effects of the 1990s River City Renaissance revitalization effort  & the opportunities for the future.

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