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Main Library to Unveil 2019 Jacksonville Black History Calendar

Library Staff and Guests to Celebrate 30 Years of Calendar’s Publication

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2019 — Jacksonville Public Library is pleased to host the 30th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. For decades the Black History Calendar has served as a timely keepsake and as a reminder to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans year-round. 

WHEN:    Thursday, Jan. 17

                 4 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Main Library, Hicks Auditorium

                303 Laura St. N. – 32202

In honor of Black History Month, copies of the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations. The calendars are used in homes, schools, libraries, churches, businesses, and organizations throughout Jacksonville, as well as selected cities across the nation. You can view past calendars from 1989 – 2018, filled with historical and important information, in the library’s digital collection. (

A new calendar is produced each year with the artwork and contents kept confidential throughout the creative process until it is revealed to the community at the annual unveiling. The calendar originated in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the late Clovia Russell of AT&T and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., of Florida State College at Jacksonville, former Board of Library Trustees chair, who was actively involved as calendar advisor since its inception. Jacksonville Public Library staff began participating on the calendar committee in 2007.

The title sponsor for the calendar is Burger King, in collaboration with FSCJ, Jacksonville Public Library, WJXT News 4 Jax, and the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Special Accommodations

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please ask for the Special Needs Library at (904) 630-2665 or email your request to at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.1 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 4.7 million times, and nearly 15,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit

Friday, January 11, 2019

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