Jackson Park

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Jackson Park is a Charlottesville park located north of the Downtown Mall.


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Stonewall Jackson statue

Jackson Park consists of 0.4 acres and includes all of the property bordered by Jefferson Street, Fourth Street N.E., High Street and the Albemarle County Court Building. A large equestrian monument of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, by Charles Keck, is the focal point of the park. The park also contains well-maintained flower beds and a number of benches.

The park's land was originally known as McKee block.[1] The buildings on the property were torn down in 1918 and a school for white children was supposed to be built in their place.[1] Instead, Paul Goodloe McIntire purchased the property and donated it to the city as property as property for a park.[2].

The city's comprehensive plan classifies Jackson Park as an 'urban' park[3].

At the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book, City Councilor Kristin Szakos has raised questions over whether the Jackson statue in the park should be removed out of a concern it celebrates the state's Confederate past. [4]


Local Voices, Local History

VIDEO CREDITS: Narrated by Ashlin Smith;
Graphic design: Jen Fleischer; Project Manager: Kristin Rourke.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rourke. Kristen. "Marking History in Charlottesville." np. City Council Chambers, Charlottesville, VA. 30 May 2012. presentation.
  2. "Charlottesville : Jackson Park." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 02 July 2010. <http://www.charlottesville.org/index.aspx?page=339>.
  3. Web. Charlottesville Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 10, City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Virginia, retrieved October 19, 2010.
  4. Web. Historian talks Civil War as councilor wonders if statues should be torn down, Ted Strong, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 22, 2012, retrieved March 29, 2012.

External links

Jackson Park on City's website

Audiotour website: Source of video