Freedom Park is located at the intersection of McCormick and Fort Caroline Roads in the Arlington section of East Jacksonville. There had been talks about a park in this part of Jacksonville for many years; it finally formed in October 2020. October 29, 2018, The City of Jacksonville and Council Member Al Ferraro hosted an event to celebrate the proposed "Freedom Park". This park is the first marker commemorating a Gullah Geechee Community in Jacksonville. Gullah Geechee are direct descendants of slaves who settled in the Coastal Lowlands, from North Carolina to North Florida. The single largest concentration is in Jacksonville, but Freedom Park would be the city’s first public area to recognize their history. The monument in the center of park honors and commemorates the Cosmo, Gullah Geechee & PTSD Veterans. The area has been summed up by local Pastor Joe Cooper of the Cosmo community in two words: ‘fishing and love.’ The Florida Legislature approved $521,855 in funding for the Gullah Geechee community’s Freedom Park.
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Jones, David. First Coast News. ‘Living History: Freedom Park will memorialize local Gullah Geechee people, veterans with PTSD in Jacksonville’, March 14, 2020