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The remains of Jax's ragtime, blues and jazz age
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:25:03 AM »
The remains of Jax's ragtime, blues and jazz age



A look at the remains of the South's most overlooked substantial African-American entertainment district during the formative years of ragtime, blues and jazz in the early 20th century.

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Re: The remains of Jax's ragtime, blues and jazz age
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 08:01:46 PM »
When it comes to music, the buildings don't seem as important to me. I guess that's because those that wrote, sang, and performed at these places are long gone and they and their music was what was important, not particularly what building they did it in. I suspect the performance would have been about the same generally if the building was sufficient.

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Re: The remains of Jax's ragtime, blues and jazz age
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 08:57:14 PM »
The buildings are important because they are about the only physical link back to these events, individuals and time in Jacksonville's history. The preservation and reuse of them adds to the culture, heritage and sense of place of the city. They allow Jacksonville to have a chance at economic opportunity with the exposure of a past that's been largely lost because the rest of the area has been razed. If you're ever in town, try visiting the Eartha White Museum in the Clara White Building. I think it would change your position on the Globe Theatre still standing, despite the musical performances ending 100 years ago.
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