Lost history: Saving what's left of Sugar Hill

February 7, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, here's rare images and the story of Jacksonville's Sugar Hill neighborhood. Prior to largely being destroyed by desegregation, highway construction, medical center expansion, and urban renewal, Sugar Hill was the epicenter of black prosperity in Northeast Florida.



The Deconstruction of Sugar Hill



Aerial of Sugar Hill in 1952



Aerial of Sugar Hill in 1990



Aerial of Sugar Hill in 2016




Aerial of the north side of Sugar Hill in 1952


Aerial of the north side of Sugar Hill in 2016




1913 Sanborn Map of Sugar Hill's Standard Oil Company


Overlay of 1913 Sanborn Map and 2016 Aerial of former Standard Oil Company plant


2016 Aerial of former Standard Oil Company plant site




1913 Sanborn Map of Davis Street retail district


Overlay of 1913 Sanborn Map and 2016 Aerial of Davis Street


2016 Aerial of Davis Street




1913 Sanborn Map of St. Stephens AME Church (blue)


Overlay of 1913 Sanborn Map and 2016 Aerial of St. Stephens AME Church


2016 Sanborn Map of St. Stephens AME Church




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