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James Weldon Johnson Park photo taken in 1857

James Weldon Johnson Park (formerly Hemming Park) Celebrates 152nd Birthday

July 11, 2018

Jacksonville's most historic public space recently turned 152.

Originally a village green, it was the first and is the oldest park in the city. The area was established as a public square in 1857 by Isaiah Hart, founder of Jacksonville. For a century and a half it has served and continues to serve as a central gathering space for Jacksonville citizens. It has survived disasters, been the host to several Presidents, and is now the monthly site of Jacksonville's Downtown Art Walk.