Fort Caroline Closed on November 2nd
Fort Caroline National Memorial including Spanish Pond will be closed to the public on Sunday November 2nd, 2014. The visitor center and trails will reopen on Monday the 3rd of November. The Theodore Roosevelt Area and Ribault Column will remain open.
Origin of American Beach Street Names
The streets of American Beach were named in honor of the following:
Burney Rd.: I. H. Burney II, a president of the Afro-American Life Insurance Co. (”the Afro”)
Ervin St.: Louis Dargan Ellis, first fulltime agent of the Afro, later a vice president
Gregg St.: the Rev. Elias J. Gregg, paster of the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Jacksonville; first president, African-American Industrial and Benefit Association (predecessor of the Afro)
James St.: James H. Lewis, son of A.L. and Mary Lewis, a president of the Afro
Julia St.: Julia Brown Lewis, mother of A. L. Lewis
Lee St.: the Honorable William H. Lee, secretary, vice president, board member of the Afro
Leonard St.: James L. Lewis, grandson of A. L. Lewis
Lewis St.: A. L. Lewis, President of the Afro, founder of American Beach
Mary St.: Mary Lewis, first wife of A. L. Lewis
Price St.: the Rev. Alfred W. Price, third president of the Afro
Waldron St.: the Rev. J. Milton Waldron, pastor, Jacksonville’s Bethel Institutional Church; had the original idea for the Afro
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Did You Know?
The first translation of a Native American language into a European language – Timucuan to Spanish - occurred on lands within the Timucuan Preserve in the late 1500s. Fray Francisco Pareja did this translation at the Catholic mission of San Juan del Puerto on present day Ft. George Island. More...