Did you know that Jacksonville is the home of Florida’s oldest private institution for higher learning? The story of Edward Waters College (EWC) started in 1865, serving African American students during the Reconstruction era.
EWC has made significant contributions to our community for more than 150 years, and Jacksonville is grateful to the institution’s tradition of dedication and service to our city.
Three years ago, former EWC President Nat Glover and I announced a plan to invest in EWC, an important anchor institution for the New Town community and Northwest Jacksonville. Part of those investments included the construction of a stadium and community field.
Today, I joined President Zachary Faison, and EWC leadership, students, and staff to break ground on the new stadium off Kings Rd. And I can’t wait to see the Tigers take the field later this year.
This stadium will bring more visitors and economic opportunities to this historic community. It will be a vital resource for neighbors, improving their quality of life. And it will be an important gathering place where we can all come together in fellowship.
Investments like these are critical for building stronger communities and help us reach our vision for One City. One Jacksonville.
New Town has made tremendous strides in recent years and this investment bolsters those efforts.
I am grateful for Dr. Faison and his team, my colleagues on City Council, and the student body and staff at Edward Waters College. Go Tigers!