Stop 4-Mount Olive AME Church

Established in 1887

Pioneer African American builder and designer Richard L. Brown resided and worked in Oakland and Campbell’s Addition of East Jacksonville. In addition to serving two consecutive terms in the Florida House of Representatives, Brown also purchased land in Campbell’s Addition, later deeding part of it to the Duval County School Board for the construction of an elementary school that was named in his honor.

Employed by the school board during the early part of the 20th century, Brown was probably responsible for the design and construction of some of the city’s early school facilities. In addition to the construction of Centennial Hall at Edward Waters University in 1916, one of his most significant projects was the design and construction of Mount Olive A.M.E. Church at 841 Franklin St. in Oakland in 1922.

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