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Hemming Plaza shares special Kennedy connection

8:32 AM, Nov 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A historic Jacksonville location shares special connections to President John F. Kennedy.

In the 1960's, labor unions erected a monument in what was then called Hemming Park to honor Kennedy.

But in 1977, the park underwent construction and the monument was placed in storage.

Richard Bowers was a city worker at the time, and one day found the monument gathering dust.

He told First Coast News he tried to have the monument put back in the new and improved Hemming Plaza in 1985.

However, according to Bowers, John Delaney administration ended up putting it at Hogan Creek Tower.

Bowers said the monument ended up back in Hemming Plaza around 1992 during the John Peyton administration and it remained there ever since, right across the street from the Jacksonville Public Library.

Kennedy also spoke at Hemming Park on October 18, 1960 during his presidential campaign.

The speech happened just minutes apart from his opponent, Richard Nixon.


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