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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City dignitaries unveiled a depiction of the new Duval County courthouse marker today, and opened a time capsule from the current building.

The time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the current courthouse on Jan. 24, 1957.

The courthouse, still under construction and still under scrutiny for its $350 million price tag, will eventually get a new marker with a time capsule. But today items from the old courthouse's marker, which was just discovered last week, were unveiled.

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"Badge number 10, belonging to Marshall Vinsvant who was a Jacksonville police officer in 1884," said Judge Charles Cofer.

The contents also include, the 1957 ceremony agenda, the Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville Journal newspapers from Jan. 23 and 24, 1957, business cards of the 1957 attendees, photos, maps and brochures, a phone book, and documents listing local judicial and court officials.

Some people found their families' names in the phone book and that was very enlightening to them," said Judge Lance Day. 

City officials said the new time capsule will include all of the items from the 1957 capsule and additional items will be determined over the next year. The marker will be placed in an area to the east of the building's entrance once construction is completed.

City officials said it took years to figure out that it was in the cornerstone.

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There are plans to put some of the older items on display inside the new courthouse.

"Its amazing; it's a treasure trove of Jacksonville history," said Judge Charles Cofer. 

Construction began in May 2009 and is expected to be complete by May 2012.

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