On Monday, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Brosche rolled out a proposal for a task force on civil rights history.
Via a draft memo, Brosche advanced a proposal for a 25 person task force, chaired by School Board member Warren Jones and Ju’Coby Pittman.
Board members include, but are not limited to, Chris Hand, Hope McMath, Tony Allegretti, Marcus Pollard, Ennis Davis, Isaiah Rumlin, Alton Yates and Darnell Smith.
Brosche noted that the task force has to be created legislatively.
The task force proposal is a reaction to Jacksonville and Florida not being on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, a cause for consternation in the meeting given Jacksonville’s civil rights history and iconic residents who were central to the movement.
The trail covers 14 states and 100 historic landmarks.
Brosche would like a measure on an addendum at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, with the goal of completing the work by June 30.
Council members in attendance at a public notice meeting included Sam Newby, Reggie Brown, Garrett Dennis, Katrina Brown, and Reggie Gaffney.
There was approval for the concept, and potential developments, including a museum proposal by Councilman Brown, and a discussion of potential landmarks that could be included on the trail.
Council members discussed potentially getting money for the museum concept from Tallahassee and Washington, as potential matches for city money.