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Eartha M.M. White Trail to the Acosta Electoral & Ecological Platform

Eartha M.M. White, a prominant and important civil rights activist and philanthropist in Jacksonville, reportedly served lemonade to early black voters in the 1920 Florida elections, as the white establishment violently and effectively suppressed black votes. The 1920 elections were a regressive turning point in race relations and equality, effectively returning Florida to a completely white government following the progress made during reconstruction.

St. Elmo W. (Chic) Acosta was a city councilman, state legislator and city parks commissioner who is responsible for many city beautification projects, the first automobile bridge across the St. Johns River in 1921 (later renamed the Acosta Bridge in his honor) and for bringing the first voting machine to the city. He was also a known opponent of voting rights for both blacks and women, as were most of the state officials whose names many of Jacksonville’s bridges honor.

This trail would extend from the current Acosta Bridge (built in 1991) to the resting site of the original bridge's rubble, now serving as an artificial reef approx 15 miles offshore in the Atlantic. Along the trail, lemon trees will be planted. The platform will house historical information on the history and current use of electoral and ecological monitoring technologies.

Sketch for Trail proposal