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Here's How You Can Name Jacksonville's Planned Music Museum

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Jacksonville Historical Society
The Jacksonville Historical Society invites the public to participate in naming and branding a proposed music history museum and performance venue.

Jacksonville music lovers, here’s your chance to make your mark on history.

The Jacksonville Historical Society is inviting the public to help name the planned Downtown music history museum that will celebrate Jacksonville as the birthplace of many genres of music, including Southern Rock.

Enter your museum name idea here.

One part museum, one part intimate performance venue, the unnamed venture will also pay homage to the giants in the blues and jazz in Jacksonville’s African American community. It's planned for a former casket factory in Downtown Jacksonville.

“Jacksonville was a pioneer in blues, jazz, rockabilly, and was the birthplace and launchpad for Southern Rock,” said Dennis Whittle, JHS board member, in a news release. “By looking back, we provide a foundation to invent the future. In addition to looking backwards, the museum is intended to be a launching pad: What music genres will Jacksonville pioneer next?”

In addition to helping name the museum, the public is invited to donate artifacts from music performers who came from Jacksonville or paused here for a time. To contribute items to the museum, contact the Jacksonville Historical Society at (904) 665-0064 or email

Ideas for the name of the museum may be submitted to the Jacksonville Historical Society through this form no later than Sept. 30.

The Jacksonville Historical Society and museum task force will make the final decision but will acknowledge the person or people whose idea ultimately leads to establishing the venue’s name, brand and identity.