Bolstered by the Cookman Institute (now Daytona's Bethune-Cookman University), George A. Brewster Hospital, Duval County Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, the hill west of Springfield and Hogans Creek quickly became a desired residential location for Jacksonville's prosperous black community after the Great Fire of 1901. Eventually subdivision names such as Hendersonville, Springfield Heights, West Greeleyville, Highland Heights and College Heights gave way to the name "Sugar Hill". By the end of the 1920s Florida Land Boom, West 8th Street was lined with mansions and elegant residences of Jacksonville's black businessmen, attorneys, architects, doctors, nurses, educators and other professionals. .
Key figures from Sugar Hill's past include Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Lawton Pratt, Bishop Henry Young Tookes, Joseph Blodgett and A. Philip Randolph. Unfortunately, much of the neighborhood was lost due to the construction of Interstate 95, urban renewal and the eventual expansion of UF Health Jacksonville. With that said, you've probably heard a lot about the lost neighborhood of Sugar Hill but we rarely see images of the neighborhood during its heyday. In honor of Black History Month, here's a few!
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