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Library Remembers, Celebrates City's 50th Anniversary of Consolidation

Councilman Bill Gulliford at Beaches Branch; Author James Crooks at Main Library

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 21, 2018 – Current and former city council members, a state representative, authors, and other special guests are telling it like it is—and how it was—sharing experiences, insights and information about consolidation, a voter-approved plan that paved the way for the 1968 consolidation of Jacksonville city government and the Duval County government. Find out what prompted consolidation and how it has affected life in Jacksonville 50 years later. The public is invited to attend the free events.

Community Conversation: Reflections on 50 Years of Consolidation

WHEN:    Wednesday, Sept. 26

                      7 – 9 p.m.                             

WHERE:    Beaches Branch Library, Community Room

                         600 3rd St. – 32266                             

In partnership with the Beaches Watch, the Beaches Branch Library will host a panel discussion with community leaders who implemented consolidation. The panel will be moderated by author and professor, Tim Gilmore, and includes:

  • City Councilman Bill Gulliford (District 13)
  • Former State Representative Bill Basford
  • Former City Councilmen Matt Carlucci, Walter Dickinson, Don MacLean and Walter Williams
  • Former City Council Auditor Robert (Bob) Johnson       

Art Walk: Consolidation Presentation with Author Jim Crooks

WHEN:    Wednesday, Oct. 3

                      6 p.m.                             

WHERE:    Main Library, Jax Makerspace

                        303 Laura St. N. – 32202                             

Historian James (Jim) Crooks, author of Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story, from Civil Rights to the Jaguarscan get you up to speed on everything you want to know about consolidation. Enjoy a piece of cake, too, while the library commemorates the 50th Anniversary of consolidation. Don’t miss art exhibitions: Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Jax Makerspace Gallery; photographs by Wes Lester, second floor; photographs by Bob Self, third floor; and historic Ax Handle Saturday photography exhibition, fourth floor Special Collections.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

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