Edward Waters College (EWC) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly acquired James Weldon Johnson building. EWC supporters were invited to join EWC’s 29th President, Dr. Nathaniel Glover, the 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church of the 11th District, Bishop Adam J. Richardson Jr. and Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry, for the JWJ ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the Ribbon Cutting, EWC officials blessed the grounds of the upcoming “Nat Glover Community Field and Stadium.”
The JWJ building was once called the James Weldon Johnson Academic and Career Training Center by the Duval County Schools system. The building was used as a school for kids who were behind in grade levels as a part of the Bridge to Success overage program. The school district has since moved that program to another school and sold the school to EWC.
Today, the JWJ Building serves as the home for the Edward Waters College Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies program. The new field and stadium is part of the $8.5 million upgrade given to EWC by the City of Jacksonville. The new complex will serve as a community athletic field for youth sports and also provide citizen access to a walking track.