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Redistricting fight on the First Coast; Jacksonville's bicentennial; Yellow House; Chapter Endnotes

Andrew Pantazi
The Tributary

Florida’s attorney general, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, and others are all getting involved in a redistricting fight here in Northeast Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on whether eliminating North Florida's only Black congressional district would violate the state constitution. This would make congressman Al Lawson’s district, Congressional District 5, vulnerable.

Guest: AG Gancarski, Florida Politics and Jacksonville Today

Jacksonville’s bicentennial

Jacksonville is celebrating a bicentennial year this year! The city was formed in 1822 and celebrations are planned all year to mark the 200-year milestone.

Guest: Alan Bliss, CEO of the Jacksonville Historical Society.

Yellow House

There is a new exhibit at Yellow House that notes the legacy of lynching in Duval County.


Chapter Endnotes

Bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, known for his 2001 breakout novel "The Corrections," has his latest read Crossroads in the spotlight for First Coast Connects book club pick this month.

Guest: Stacy Goldring, Chapter Endnotes leader.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.