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This home in Pahokee was built by Velpeau Curt…

This home in Pahokee was built by Velpeau Curtis Denton and his wife, Hulett G Denton around the 1930s. The Denton family were active in the community being active members of the church and local Rotary Club, and Velpeau was also chairman of the local scout troop who his son was a part of. Velpeau was also in charge of relief work during the 1928 hurricane which destroyed the towns of Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay. https://ift.tt/2x9zzQ2

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Inside the Moulton and Kyle Funeral Home in Ja…

Inside the Moulton and Kyle Funeral Home in Jacksonville, one of my favorite places I’ve explored. From the first time I visited to this more recent photo, you can see who much more destroyed the interior has become.

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Genovar’s Hall was built Sebastian Genovar in 1895 as a grocery store. It is located in the LaVilla neighborhood in Jacksonville, and was constructed across the street from Jacksonville finest bordello, the Hotel de Dream.

The building became the Wynn Hotel sometime in the 1920s. Louis Armstrong preferred staying here when in town because it was on the street where all the action was. The first floor of the building was occupied by the Lenape Tavern, one of the most popular jazz clubs in the city. Along with Louis Armstrong, other jazz greats such as Billie Holiday and Dizzie Gillespie played at the Lenape.

In the early 1940s, the Lenape became known “the rail of hope,” where waiters and musicians would hang out, waiting for a job. One of the rail’s frequent occupants was Ray Robinson, a blind piano player who attended the Deaf and Blind School in St. Augustine before moving to live with a relative, just a block away from the Wynn Hotel. He developed his talents playing as a side-man for some well known performers before rising to stardom himself under the name, Ray Charles.

The LaVilla neighborhood fell into decline in the 1960s due to a massive loss of jobs in the railroad industry, and the construction of I-95 which divided the neighborhood. With the end of legal segregation, many residents left to pursue better job opportunities. Those that stayed struggled on a day-to-day basis.

The crack cocaine epidemic of the 80s hit Jacksonville hard, resulting in an increase in crime and furthering the decline. According to the mayor at the time, the neighborhood was “nothing but crackhouses, prostitution, and crime.” Around this time is when the Wynn Hotel and Lenape Tavern closed down.

The final nail in the coffin for LaVilla came in the 90s. In a failed effort to redevelop the neighborhood, most of the buildings were demolished and Genovar’s Hall was just one of a few buildings left standing.

An African-American fraternity planned to renovate the building and to operate it as a museum or jazz-themed restaurant. After a decade of work and over $900,000, Genovar’s Hall was nothing but a brick shell. The City of Jacksonville currently owns the property with no plans on what to do with it. https://ift.tt/2LOF8rn

This sailboat which goes by the ‘Cuki&rs…

This sailboat which goes by the ‘Cuki’ washed up on Melbourne beach following Hurricane Irma. It belongs to a man who is currently in jail, charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, and more. It’s now a regular sight for those who frequent the area and will be removed following turtle hatching season at the end of October. https://ift.tt/2o7wpHx

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Congrats to Shawn King Baker for winning the giveaway of my latest book! Please message me to claim your copy, and for those who didn’t win, be sure for more giveaways in the future or you can purchase a copy from one of the links below.

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GIVEAWAY!! I’m giving away a copy of my recent book, Southern Comfort: Abandoned Homes of the American South. All you have to do to enter is to like, comment, and share this post for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen August 17th at 12pm. Good luck!

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Still standing in Island Grove Photo by BK Cru…

Still standing in Island Grove
Photo by BK Crume McCann

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