LaVilla’s Long Waited Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park Opens

Carla Mechele Media provided Storytelling for Marker Design at the new Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park. Carla worked with a creative team of small local black-owned businesses, including Erin Kendrick, Erin is Creative, LLC on the graphic design of 5 markers.

The historic LaVilla neighborhood was received new life as congregants gathered to celebrate the opening of the Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing Park. The park was designed to celebrate the contributions of Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, composers of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem.

Located at 120 Lee Street in Downtown Jacksonville and connected to the Emerald Trail’s LaVilla Link, the park features a stage overlooking a lifted lawn, gardens, sculptures, historic markers, landscaping, and more accented by custom art sculptures with the namesake theme as a reminder. highlighted. Under construction for several years, the park is now open to the public.  The public is also invited to attend a free community celebration on September 14 featuring live entertainment and festivities for guests of all ages. More details will be shared in the coming months at

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