Story No. 248: Voodoo, Murder and Undying Love in Long Branch

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East 27th Street and the railroad tracks. How time and landscape absorb voodoo, slavery, murder-suicide, and unrelenting passion.

How and where to find 1874 in 2015.

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Story No. 247: The Oldest Funeral Home in Florida


The oldest funeral home in Florida. How Bessie Coleman fell 2,000 feet to her death. How when embalmers know they’re good at what they do, they get a little cocky. How embalming fluid is race-neutral. The ultimate accountability of the embalmer and restorative artist: “I’m gonna see all these people again on the other side.”


New Story: Springfield’s Klutho Apartments

One of the most wonderfully eccentric buildings in Jacksonville. Mayors who campaigned for prostitution or were accused of burning down the town. Film


studios gone bankrupt. A masterful artist whose city turned its back on him. Gold leaf in the windows.

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New Story: Arctic Discoverer & Shipwreck Explorer

Roaming across, up, and down into the Arctic Discoverer, the ship the fugitive Tommy Thompson used to bring three tons of gold from the bottom of the ocean.

New Story: Baptist Pastor Murdered, Architecture Soars

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The murder of a pastor. “Housewife” “schizophrenia.” Flying saucer architecture. Southern Baptist Polygamy. Threats of bombs.


New Story: Andy Ward King’s Garden of Colors

The Moon Hammock. The No Holes Golf Course. The Top Secret Test Door No Photos. The Touchstone. BoTai Panda. Cocoa’s Grave. The Wise Ol’ Tree. The AndiVERSE and Gr00vyLånd.


New Story: The Indian Ghost Town That Never Was

A grand Indian metropolis that throve for 700 years where downtown Jacksonville stands today? Maybe not.

Courtesy Jacksonville Historical Society

Courtesy Jacksonville Historical Society

New Story: Muslim Burials and Evergreen Cemetery


The grave of Isaiah Hart, founder of the city. A man who died in the year 5710. The graves of Confederate soldiers and the graves of former slaves whose children chiseled their epitaphs by hand. The man in the suit who disappeared into the tree. The only Jacksonville cemetery where Ali could be buried facing Mecca, wrapped in linen, without a casket.


New Story: MetaCusp—The Three-Legged Fox and Life “Between Deaths”

On the second floor of a 1941 warehouse by the railroad tracks in North Riverside, a series of three-legged foxes makes its way around an enormous steel


trap, while nearby three black dogs simultaneously leap in a circle beside a potted plant, a woman lying on the floor with her arms wrapped around herself, and a man with his shirt pulled over his face, head bowed, arms dangling before him.


This is MetaCusp, the art studios of Liz Gibson and Jeff Whipple.


New Story: Childhood Runaway Rules and the Expressway Mall

Mary Dumbleton was 10 years old when she “ran away” to the Expressway Mall on the Arlington Expressway Service Road.


“This station wagon full of my family just followed me through the parking lot, in slow motion, following me on my bike, and I was so mad.”