African American History Collection

Image of the artist Augusta Savage with her sculpture, photo is part of the African American History Collection at the Jacksonville Public Library

Discover the rich cultural influence of African Americans living in Northeast Florida.  Through books, pamphlets, photographs, newspapers, documents, microforms, and multimedia, the African American History Collection brings to life the historical, social, civic, religious, economic and cultural life of African Americans.

Explore more than 1,000 subject and biography files with unique photographs, person papers and primary source materials during your visit.  Learn about African American art, cooking, music and local landmarks.  Discover actual slave manifests from nearby ports and read local African American newspapers.

The Historical Newspapers: Black Newspapers online database provides easily-searchable access to a historical newspaper collection covering 1893 – 2010 that includes first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Access to this database is made possible through the generosity of the Mellon Foundation.

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