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Friday Media Roundtable; Lightner Museum Mural Analyzes The Gilded Age

President Donald Trump arrived on Air Force One and immediately walked onto the hangar stage at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville Thursday.


On this week’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross’ Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

Our guests were:

Lightner Museum Mural Analyzes The Gilded Age

The Lightner Museum chose First Coast artist Joshua Cooper to paint a new mural analyzing the Gilded Age. The project is not Cooper’s first public mural. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens also features his artwork.

Cooper said he is especially excited about the Lightner project, as he studied late-19th and early-20th century Realist painting at Florida State University. He began the mural with small-scale studies before starting to work on the final piece, which he estimates will take a little over a month to complete.

The Museum will permanently display the mural among its collection of turn of the century art.

Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.

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Katherine Hobbs was Associate Producer of talk shows at WJCT until 2022.