THE LIFE SCROLLS OF THE FLORIDA FALLEN ON DISPLAY AT MOSH

The Life Scrolls are now on display at the Museum of Science and History November 13, 2021 – March 20, 2022.

Photo: Jacksonville Historical Society

The “Florida Fallen” refers to the more than 1,700 men and women from Florida who died serving in World War I and who are memorialized in Jacksonville’s Memorial Park, dedicated on Christmas Day 1924.

The 1,220 names of the Florida Fallen were inscribed on parchment that became known as the “Life Scrolls” and placed in a lead box within a bronze box which was buried in the ground in front of the sculpture and fountain.

In 2017, Hurricane Irma flooded the park.

The Memorial Park Association disinterred the scrolls in 2018 for the purposes of knowing the names of the men and woman with the hopes of learning more about them, as a way to mark the centennial end of World War I, and out of concern that they may have been ruined by Irma.

They discovered the scrolls were waterlogged and, some thought, beyond salvage. Thanks to the painstaking efforts by staff at the Archaeological Maritime Lab at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the scrolls were restored and will be on display at a special exhibit from November 2021 to March 2022 at the Museum of Science & History.

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Learn the whole story at MEMPARKJAX.Org

Note: The original list contained 1,220 names but, following the thanks to the unstinting efforts of Dr. R.B. Rosenburg, professor emeritus from Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, the list was expanded in 2018.

All known names to date can be found by visiting memparkjax.org/FloridaFallen; the information includes name, race, city of residence, county, birthdate, rank, among other points of interest.” With your help, Memorial Park Association hopes to give voice to those individuals on the List of Names. If anyone finds a relative, send an email to info@MemParkJax.org.

One of Jacksonville’s Best-Loved Treasures

Located along the banks of the majestic St. Johns River (incidentally, at one of its widest points, as it starts to turn east from its southern source towards its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean), this six-acre park draws visitors from across the Northeast Florida community.

The perfect place for a picnic, since 1924.

In just a few short years, Memorial Park will celebrate its 100th birthday. Ever since the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and the Citizens Committee came together in the early 1920s to create a place of honor for those who served and died in World War I – the Great War – visitors to the park have found a reason to spend a few moments or a few hours in this peaceful place.

Read about the history of Memorial Park

Florida troops, Camp Wheeler, February 1918 (Photo: Memorial Park Foundation)