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Melissa Ross: The Black Freedom Struggle

Melissa talks to Flagler College professor Dr. Mike Butler, joined First Coast Connect with a look at his new book, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle, examining how institutional forms of cultural racism persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s.

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Annie Lytle Public School (Public School # 4)

It has captured the imaginations of Jaxons for decades. In this essay, photographic artist David Gano captures incredible images of what's happening inside Annie Lytle Public School.

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UNF Nature Trails: Embrace a Small Adventure

One of the lesser-known locations to visit in Jacksonville is home to many. Friendly geese, fish, turtles and squirrels can be seen on many days and if lucky, a visitor might even spot the native student who has taken a break to embrace a small adventure. The University of North Florida’s Robert W....

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Great Ideas; No Action: 10 Projects That Never Happened

Over the past 100 years, Jacksonville has been an epicenter of economic opportunity. It's also been a place where dreams have come to die. Here's 10 proposals with some merit that, for a variety of reasons, ultimately failed to materialize into reality.

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The Devil's Millhopper: Not Your Average Sinkhole

The giant sink originally got its name from the “hoppers” of grist mills that once dotted the area. Locals originally thought the deep cavern resembled the funnel-shaped hoppers of these mills into which grain was fed, with one exception. This one “fed” directly into the Earth’s bowels where...

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The Lost Theatres of LaVilla

During the formative years of Jazz and Blues in America’s late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jacksonville was a major performance venue in this part of the country. Unfortunately, not much is known by the majority of our population because much of this history resides exclusively on the black side...

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St Augustine Cemeteries: Rooted in History

Adjacent to the old city gates, towering cedar trees shroud Huguenot Cemetery in a calming shade and the foliage creeping around the gravestones is rich in color. It is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month and on national holidays.

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Parvez Ahmed and Melissa Ross. Freedom to Fascism

From our partners at TvJax.com Dr. Parvez Ahmed, whose candidacy provoked a firestorm of anti muslim shenanigans with the old City Council talks with Melissa Ross on the subject of the election, Hate Speech and the Presidency. In other words, the campaign of Donald Trump. Watch this riveting discussion...

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Devils Den Cave

The Devil’s Den is a scuba resort located on privately owned land in the small town of Williston, Florida. The water sits at a temperature of 72 degrees, which allows for visitors to comfortably dive year-round. Its name was given by early settlers who saw steam like smoke rising from the cave’s...

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American Beach: Hanging on To History

Today, American Beach is hanging on to the memories of yesteryear as luxurious developments surround its original 33 acres, which were placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2002. Besides the American Beach Museum, which is only open Friday through Sunday, there isn’t much to see anymore....

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