Vietnam veterans gather at memorial for African American service members
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Americans come together to commemorate the service and sacrifices made by the nearly 3 million service members who served in Vietnam. The war wall in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood pays tribute to African American service members, including those who fought in Vietnam. Racism was still existing in boot camp and even in Vietnam,” Vietnam veteran Hallie Williams-Bey. He said he believes we need to use Vietnam War Veterans Day as more than a salute to the sacrifices made. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation, designating March 29 as the annual observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day.
City breaks ground on Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Community leaders broke ground Wednesday on a new city park in the historic LaVilla neighborhood. It’s located on property that was the birthplace of brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, authors of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” which is considered the Black national anthem. Park renderings show the park (see below), on Lee Street two blocks north of the Prime Osborn Convention Center, will eventually have gardens, statues and markers. Ad“LaVilla is a beautiful historic neighborhood that needs a lot of investment on its own, and every great neighborhood needs an investment in public spaces,” said Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision. An artist's rendering of the Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing Park released last year by the city of Jacksonville.
GALLERY: The Ritz Theatre & Museum in LaVilla
‘The Harlem of the South,’ other glimpses of Jacksonville’s past at the Ritz Theatre & Museum in LaVilla. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Morning Show presented special live coverage from the Ritz Theatre & Museum in LaVilla called “Our History, Our Future” on Tuesday. “That Black history is American history. It needs to be integrated into our schools, in grades K-12.”AdYou can find more history by visiting the Ritz Theatre & Museum in LaVilla. #OurHistoryOurFuture | The Morning Show brings you special live coverage “Our History, Our Future” from the Ritz History Museum in LaVilla.
‘The Harlem of the South,’ other glimpses of Jacksonville’s past
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As part of Black History Month, News4Jax has shared local stories about the Civil Rights movement, segregation, Black leaders and Black-owned businesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Black history is all of our history, and News4Jax is committed to bringing you stories about our diverse communities beyond February. You might not know the area was once its own city and was a very prosperous area for members of Jacksonville’s African-American community. “A lot goes into teaching Black history. “That Black history is American history.
Jacksonville’s LaVilla area was once thriving haven filled with Black-owned businesses
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood was once its own city, where African Americans flourished and prospered. The LaVilla neighborhood was his foundation, where he learned to play football and eventually earned a scholarship to attend college. LaVilla, at one point in the ’20s, had 600 Black-owned businesses,” historian Carol Alexander said. “I think the plan disappeared or somebody squashed the plan because we should be here by now, but we are constantly restarting and restarting and restarting,” Alexander said. “But I think now is the time that it will change, I do feel now is the time of change.”Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood was once its own city that boasted 600 Black-owned businesses.
Details, renderings of first segment of Emerald Trial released
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Groundwork Jacksonville has unveiled the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project the first segment of the urban trail that will link Brooklyn through LaVilla. Construction of the $3.9 million project, named the LaVilla Link, will begin this fall and take a year to complete. From Park and Stonewall streets in Brooklyn, the 1.3-mile LaVilla Link will crosses over the Park Street Bridge by the Prime Osborn Convention Center and head north along Lee Street. It will feature several signature points of interest like the Park Street Bridge and the Lee Street Pond. I remain grateful for the leadership of the Groundwork Jacksonville team and the contributions of the donors.
Details, renderings of first segment of Emerald Trail released
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Groundwork Jacksonville has unveiled the design of the Emerald Trail Model Project the first segment of the urban trail that will link Brooklyn through LaVilla. Construction of the $3.9 million project, named the LaVilla Link, will begin this fall and take a year to complete. It will feature several signature points of interest like the Park Street Bridge and the Lee Street Pond. The Emerald Trail will promote historic communities, physical activity and wellness, and Jacksonvilles natural beauty. I remain grateful for the leadership of the Groundwork Jacksonville team and the contributions of the donors.
JTA moving bus operations to Forsyth Street location
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will transition bus operations from the Rosa Parks Transit Station to the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla on May 4, according to a release. The JRTC at LaVilla is located at 100 LaVilla Center Dr. near the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. The JRTC at LaVilla will replace the Rosa Parks Transit Station as the JTA’s main downtown bus transfer facility, serving most JTA regular and express bus routes, the Skyway and the First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit network. All JTA bus routes will continue to operate on a “modified weekday schedule” to promote social distancing and to ensure safe travel for everyone, the release said. The east half of the Rosa Parks Transit Station will be closed and prepped for future transit-oriented development projects.