Gullah Geechee

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As part of this year’s state budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis is considering more than half-a-million dollars to build a park in Arlington that would honor the descendants of formerly enslaved people, the Gullah Geechee. The Gullah Geechee people lobbied for what will be called Freedom Park.

Ryan Benk / WJCT-News

Jacksonville descendants of enslaved Africans are poised to receive state funding to build a park commemorating the area's history. 

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Modern Cities

The Gullah Geechee were formerly enslaved people who settled in the Low Country, from North Carolina to North Florida.

The single largest concentration of their descendants came to Jacksonville, but the city hasn’t largely celebrated that culture.

National Archives

Many churches in Jacksonville will host New Year’s Eve services, sometimes called “watch nights.”  This year, some predominantly African-American churches will be turning their focus back to a fading tradition: recognizing the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.  


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

New historical markers along Fort Caroline Road in Arlington are commemorating an all but forgotten African-American community in Jacksonville.

A group of committed volunteers refuse to lose hope in a renaissance for the area previously called Cosmo.


A recent 90-day audit of the Jacksonville's city finances revealed serious problems with unsustainable budget deficits and looming challenges down the road, from pension obligations to how to pay for an expensive dredging project for the St. Johns River. We discuss the findings of the audit and what could be next for the city with A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics.