Richard Brust


Thinking back to his days ofgrowing up in Jacksonville in the late nineteenth century, James Weldon Johnson recalled that "[l]ong after the close of the Reconstruction period Jacksonville was known far and wide as a good town for Negroes." Johnson, an African American lawyer and educator who became a writer in the Harlem Renaissance, remembered that "[w]hen I was growing up, most of the city policemen were Negroes; several members of the city council were Negroes; one or two justices of the peace were Negroes." Indeed, African Americans from all over the country regarded what was then Florida's largest city "as the most liberal town in the South."

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