Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History
From WJCT News
Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History is a podcast from WJCT Public Media that explores lesser known stories from the history of Jacksonville, Florida. The first episode of the podcast takes listeners back to March 1863, when two regiments of Black Union soldiers were sent to Jacksonville during the Civil War to occupy the city, free enslaved people, and enlist as many Black men as possible. Despite their successful occupation, the Union soldiers were ordered to withdraw after just three weeks. However, media coverage of what transpired in Jacksonville helped turn the tide of public opinion on Black troops serving in the army, ultimately leading to the full-scale enlistment of Black troops in the Union Army. The podcast aims to bring these stories back into the light with compelling sound-rich storytelling, a diversity of primary sources, and historical context from subject matter experts.