Memorial Park

Circe LeNoble / WJCT

If you’ve listened to a StoryCorps segment on Morning Edition, you might wish you could preserve a bit of your own past as well. And now you can in Jacksonville.


After digging up parchment scrolls in Jacksonville’s Memorial Park in September, conservators in St. Augustine are combing over them.  

Memorial Park statue
Ashton Elder

After taking a beating recently during Hurricane Irma, here’s some good news about Memorial Park’s future.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As many businesses remain shut after Hurricane Irma flooded Jacksonville neighborhoods, their neighbors are stepping up to offer a portion of their sales to help them recover, now through the end of this month.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we discussed making financial New Year’s resolutions with Cheryl Barnett, senior vice president at First Tennessee Bank. We were joined on the phone by Laurence Cotton who served as principal researcher and consulting producer of the documentary “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” Cotton will be in Jacksonville for a screening followed by a question and answer period of the film next week.

Local Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members President Willetta Richie and vice president Betty Burney discussed an upcoming screening of the movie “Hidden Figures.” The primary characters depicted in the film were members of the African-American college sorority. 

Memorial Park statue
Ashton Elder

The city of Jacksonville funds some maintenance for Riverside’s Memorial Park, but the nonprofit Memorial Park Association fills a large gap.

This weekend, the group is holding its annual lobster bake fundraiser, “Claws for a Cause,” to support its efforts.

Memorial Park Association President Agnes Danciger says “Claws For A Cause” will be hosted by Cool Moose Cafe on Saturday.

All money raised will go to keep up the riverfront park up the road from the cafe.

Ashton Elder

A new Cummer exhibit is highlighting museum founder Ninah Cummer’s contribution to Jacksonville’s beauty.

Her vision is on display both inside the museum and in places like Riverside’s Memorial Park.