LaVilla as I discovered it in 1997 and rediscovered it in 2014

This article is the first in a series of articles that will chronicle my experiences filming my hometown of Jacksonville for History Jacksonville. In December of 1997 I had returned home at the end of my first semester of graduate school at Florida State University. I was within days of leaving Jacksonville by Amtrak to […]

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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 […]

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