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St. Augustine vies for state Black History Museum

The proposed Florida Black History Museum in St. Augustine.
St. Johns County Public Affairs Office
The proposed Florida Black History Museum in St. Augustine.

On Wednesday’s First Coast Connect, we talk to the people working to bring Florida’s Museum of Black History to St. Augustine. The Rev. Anthony Britton explains why the Ancient City is the natural choice for the institution, and St. Johns County Administrator Joy Andrews explains the application process.

Then, Florida State College at Jacksonville launches a new "Diplomacy Lab" in partnership with the U.S. State Department.


  • Julia Dearriba-Mongomery, FSCJ professor of art and design.
  • Daniel Cronrath, professor of political science.  

And, National Crime Victims' Rights Week got underway Sunday, with the theme of "How can you help?" Daren Mason, a community organizer and advocate with Crime Victims Speak, gives us the details.

Plus, how to participate in a climate-crisis poetry contest.


  • Andy Bruck, president of the Musicians Association of Jacksonville/American Federation of Musicians Local 444.
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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.