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Hemming Park: 1910

Hemming Park: 1910

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Hemming Park. Confederate monument and Y.M.C.A." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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Charles Hemming-Julia Child connection

From the Jax Observer:

"Another discovery involved Hemming’s children. He and Lucy had two sons and four daughters. One son, Wilmer DuPont Hemming, married Dorothy Deane Weston from Dalton, Massachusetts. Her father, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Byron Weston (1880-1883), was a wealthy cloth milling magnate whose mill in Dalton produced most of the fabric used in bank notes and public documents in the United States Government. Dorothy’s sister, Julia Carolyn Weston McWilliams, gave birth to a daughter named Julia. This daughter became the world-renowned beloved chef and cookbook aficionado, Julia Child."

During the Civil War, Hemming served as a spy for the confederacy, during WW2 Julia Child worked for the OSS.

I don't want the 2012 version, thank you

I would like to sit in the 20th century (unpaved!) Hemming Park in the sunshine please and see what that gentleman is reading or what the old men behind him are talking about. It looks so peaceful and pleasant and I even promise to bring my umbrella along to pass as a "native."

Historic Site

Originally Jacksonville's old town square dating to 1857, Hemming Park was renamed for Confederate veteran Charles Hemming, who donated the Confederate Memorial in 1898.

In August 1960, civil rights protests turned bloody when white "counter protesters" armed with axe handles and baseball bats attacked the protesters, allegedly while police stood by. Aug. 27 became known as Axe Handle Saturday.

The Confederate Memorial column, now with a pond around it, still stands in the park today.

Newly Built

The YMCA building was completed in 1908, designed by Henry John Klutho (1873–1964) it was one of the first buildings in the The Prairie School style, inside it had a running track which was suspended by cantilevered concrete beams and a swimming pool in the basement.
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