DA Centennial Celebratory Gala

Friday, March 4

    During Jacksonville’s bicentennial year in 2022, one of Duval County’s earliest schools—Douglas Anderson #107—will observe a milestone of its own. The Douglas Anderson #107 Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Foundation and the Jacksonville Historical Society, will commemorate the centennial of the school’s founding with a celebratory gala.

Now known as Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, in 1922, the South Jacksonville School was the only school on the city’s Southside serving African American students, grades 1 through 9. In 1945, the school was renamed Douglas Anderson School after the civil rights activist who played an active role in spearheading the allocation of the present school site and construction of the original school buildings. Ten years later, the school began expansion plans to include a high school.

Three decades after becoming a high school, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts opened in 1985 through a mandate from the Duval County School Board and has, in the decades since, graduated many notable alumni.

To commemorate the rich history of the school, The Douglas Anderson #107 Alumni Association, Inc. is hosting a semiformal evening event, with keynote speaker Abel A. Bartley, a Jacksonville native, Florida State University graduate, and currently professor of African American and Urban History at Clemson University.

 6 p.m., South Bank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk. Contact Douglas Anderson #107 Alumni Association, Inc. at (904) 947- 8029 or email da107alumni@gmail.com.

Author: Arbus

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