The Jacksonville Female Academy was located on the 400 block of College Avenue. I say “was” because it was demolished to make way for the Jacksonville High School gymnasium in the 1950s.
I’ve decided to tell this story in eight chapters, each focusing the life of an individual and their interaction with a specific institution or role in the community. Here’s a general summary:
Starting a new project is a lot like deciding to declutter your basement. The idea is to take a jumble of information, keep some, throw some out, and begin to make sense out of the whole. So my first research goal in this project is simply to figure out who the women of Jacksonville were.
Today’s post is an introduction to Jacksonville’s early days and demographics. It is not comprehensive but will acquaint you with the world of American Athena.
One of the central questions this site will address is: What inspires an author?For American Athena, inspiration began in the classroom.