African-American history

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Jacksonville’s historic Old Stanton Highschool Downtown could become a mixed-use facility and community cultural center, if a nonprofit is successful in raising $10 million. The effort includes a virtual fundraiser Wednesday evening, on the birthday of one of the school’s most famous alumni, John Rosamond Johnson. 

James Brown performing in the Musikhalle of Hamburg, in February 1973.
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Editor's Note: The lecture referenced in this story has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Reairings are scheduled at midnight and 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.

A Flagler College Professor will deliver a lecture called “From Civil Rights to Black Power In Rock” from his Rock and Roll History class on C-SPAN this month.

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Police in St. Johns County are searching for a marker that had just been installed as a reminder of a lynching that had taken place on the site, off Shands Pier Road, in June of 1897.

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Some of the Jacksonville buildings many people know today came from the minds of largely forgotten African-American architects — and their legacy is the city’s unique character.

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The Jacksonville Public Library unveiled a piece of art Wednesday from Harlem Renaissance sculptor and Jacksonville native Augusta Savage.

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A one-room schoolhouse built in 1898 to educate the children of freed slaves opened as a museum in Jacksonville on Saturday. Its new home is Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin.

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Local author Brooke Stephen's new book, "Men We Cherish: African-American Women Praise the Men in Their Lives," hopes to counteract the often negative image of black men in American culture. She will be discussing the book at a meeting of the PRIDE Book Club this weekend. We speak with Stephens and PRIDE Book Club's Felice Franklin about the portrayal of African-American men in our media and popular culture.

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A historic one-room schoolhouse once used to teach the children of freed slaves is being converted into a museum in Mandarin.

Workers relocated the building yesterday to the Walter Jones Historical Park on Mandarin Road. The schoolhouse will honor the area’s African-American heritage.

For the moving crew, the Mandarin Historical Society and scores of people who came out as a welcome wagon, a few broken branches were a small price to pay for getting the historic schoolhouse to its new home.

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This week, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida man known as the father of that legislation, Dr. Robert B. Hayling, will be in St. Augustine.

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July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark legislation outlawed discrimination at the polls and in schools, workplaces and public buildings.

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Sixty years after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, historians and advocates say the country still has a ways to go when it comes to equality in education.

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You may be aware of St. Augustine's role in the civil rights movement in the 1960's, but how about it's role in the 1560's?