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Property Name Durkee, Joseph H., Athletic Field
Reference Number 13000484
State Florida
County Duval
Town Jacksonville
Street Address 1701 Myrtle Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/11/2013
Areas of Significance Ethnic Heritage: Black, Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000484.pdf
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Joseph H. Durkee Athletic Field, now known as James P. Small Memorial Park, is being nominated its significance at the local level under Criterion A in the areas of Ethnic Heritage : Black and Entertainment/Recreation, and under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The field itself, originally known as Barrs Field, has been in active use primarily as a baseball and football field since the construction of the original stadium in 1912. In addition to serving as the spring training headquarters for several Major League Baseball teams and the home of the Jacksonville minor league teams, the field also served as the site of the first football game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia in 1915. Barr's Field became the first municipal field in Jacksonville when the city agreed to acquire it in the 1920s. The present brick stadium, which was renamed Durkee Field shortly after its construction in 1935, is significant for its connections to the African American community, serving as the home of the American Negro League Jacksonville Red Caps and the historically black Edward Waters College football team. It was also the host field of the short-lived Flower Bowl , a New Year's Day college football bowl game played by two historically black colleges.

 

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