Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor

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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.

Edward Waters College

Monday First Coast Connect we spoke with new Edward Waters College President Zachary Faison. He is the youngest president of a historically black college in the country (01:06).

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.  


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

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